Christmas to New Years Birding

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

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.

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

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.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

 

 

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.

Titmice at peanut feeder

Titmice at peanut feeder

Common Grackles

Common Grackles

 

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.

Northern Cardinal male

Northern Cardinal male

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