Monday, February 3, 2014

Nesting Birds in the Winter?

What birds build their nests this time of year?

About two weeks ago when staying down on the farm, I spotted this nest high in a pine tree.
Here's a closer look at it...

It slightly resembles an eagle's nest, but seems to be a lot smaller.
It's hard to tell, but I think it's only one and a half or two feet in diameter.
(You may recall all those eagle posts I did last year!)
However, I'm wondering if this nest might be a crow's nest...
I haven't spotted the residents yet...

Before the snow, I also saw wrens and chickadees checking out 
one of my birdhouses.
Hmmmm...  Are they just scouting?

Since the snow yesterday, my feeders have been BUSY!
Well, maybe I should say it's been just as busy BELOW my feeders!
Here's a few of my visitors:
The road runner came back again for a visit just before the snow...
And so did the woodpecker.
Oooops, I think he saw me!

But neither of them
were after the seeds
in my feeder.

The white throated sparrow with feathers all puffed out preferred picking the seeds that had fallen to  the ground in the snow rather than eating at the feeder.
The rufous sided towhee was also more at home in the tree...

..or on the ground scratching for seeds that had fallen. He had a little trouble hanging on to the feeder!
Here's another songbird (Fox Sparrow?) that preferred scratching seeds out of the snow rather than using the feeder.
I sure hope the neighbor's cats don't make a visit!

This hawk also clears the birds away in a hurry!

If you happen to be following my nephew's journey in his fight against
glioblastoma brain cancer,
he has started a blog, and you can find it HERE!
I've pretty much had him on my mind,
and I guess it's reflected in the Names of God that
I have chosen to paint on rocks the past few weeks.
You can find my latest Rock4Today HERE!

Thanks for your visit,
and thanks for your prayers for my nephew Joel and his family!

To view some find bird photography from around the world,
click HERE to take you to Stewart Monckton's Gallery.


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It's nice to see the bird activity around your feeders.

Jo Wolf said...
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Jo Wolf said...

Is it too early for Mourning Doves?
Enjoy your pictures and love that the birds are happy in your yard :-)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

that roadrunner is almost camouflaged ... wow!! i believe i have seen a fox sparrow as you call it but may have never known it's name. nice to meet you through the bird link up. you take care. stay warm. ( :

DeniseinVA said...

So sorry to hear about your nephew and my prayers are with him and his family.

Love your photos, our feathered friends bring us so much joy and peace.

NatureFootstep said...

I think they are preparing for breedign season. The earlier the better chanse to get a great palce.

eileeninmd said...

It is very cool to have a Roadrunner in your yard! Great collection of birds. I hope they are safe from the hawk! My prayer go out to your nephew!

Carletta said...

You certainly have had a wonderful group of visitors! Well, maybe not the hawk unless he went away hungry. :)

Lola said...

Our prayers go out to your nephew too.

Lovely photos.