Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Black oil.

A couple of days ago this bird appeared beneath the black oil sunflower seed feeder amid the usual crowd of Dark-eyed Juncos and House Finches. It's a first winter White-crowned Sparrow.

A bird in similar plumage was here last March (adult plumage also shown in that post), and I was unsure whether that one was an overwinterer, or an early migrant. Thanks to the attracting spill of black oil sunflower seeds on snow, the bird above has found its way here, and I feel it's safe to say it is overwintering.

The dark side of black seeds: they also attract the riff-raff. Usually I sweep up the spillage every morning, but have given up for now because of the snow. I let the squirrels eat undisturbed. This weather's tough on everyone.


GardenJoy4Me said...

Yes ... this winter has been swinging back and forth a lot .. even the wee beasties need a little helping hand : )

Amy said...

Those sparrows descend on our property in large flocks in the spring. This past spring they were so loud that even at night, after they had left, I thought I could still hear them singing!

cedrorum said...

We started off cold this fall and have gone warm again; even as the northern states seem to be freezing.