Well most of Arkansas got a White Christmas this year which helped tremendously with the birding. Most would think that the snow would hinder the birds but it puts them into a panic mode and they come to the feeders frantically. The snow brings in birds that you don’t normally see like a Pine Siskin, Brown Creeper, Eastern Towhees, and Field Sparrows.
The snow stayed for several days and I put out high energy foods like suet and peanuts. Because of the abundance of birds at the feeders a Sharp-shinned Hawk frequented the yard. This forced me to create a brush pile around the feeders for the birds to take refuge. These brush piles were a big hit with the White-throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and Juncos; even the Cardinals would visit. Red-shouldereds frequented the yard but they never seemed too interested in the birds.
Nuthatches, both White-breasted and Brown-headed, were abundant around the feeders (up to 5 Brown-heads at one time). The nuthatches, along with Downies, Titmice, Chickadees, and Pine Warblers, enjoyed the suet and the peanuts. The ground saw the most activity including Blue Jays, a large flock of Grackles, Doves, sparrows, Cardinals, Finches (Siskin, Gold, and House), and even several arboreal birds: Titmice, Chickadees, and Nuthatches.
The snow made for some good pictures and these several days aided in my goal of creating a field guide for the birds of Arkansas.