Having just returned from an enjoyable but wet morning, watching and photographing the horses pulling manned, or hand guided, ploughs at the IPM, I took to watching birds in the garden from the comfort of our front room. At first I thought that it was going to be “lean pickings”, but I was proven wrong, once again! The Gold finches were in abundance and a Downy Woodpecker and White Breasted Nuthatch didn’t disappoint either. Competing with the Goldfinches for spots on the niger seed feeder were a couple of Chickadees, one of whom you can see in the picture, along with an in-flight Goldfinch vying for a spot too.
While visiting the IPM, I happened to drive along the road adjacent to the river to see if there remained any sign of our summer visitors, such as the Ospreys and the Turkey Vultures, but it seems that they too have left until next year along with the other migratory birds. I expect there are some Turkeys of a different variety still in evidence who stay for the winter with us , so all is not lost… I didn’t see any, but I’m sure many of you are seeing and enjoying them on a regular basis. The rest of us, meanwhile, will just have to keep our eyes and ears open and hopefully see some for ourselves. Stay safe and well.