Our backyard birds are good winter entertainment. We have a table in front of a window that overlooks the backyard, and we often enjoy watching the birds as we eat. The number and variety of birds we see varies. However, we can almost always expect some cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) will come to feed late in the day. Recently, about 6 p.m., this was the scene.
Note: you can now click any image for a larger version. Click outside the image to return to the post.
This was more birds than usual, however on this particular evening we were surprised as even more cardinals continued to arrive. The birds moved around a lot and it was hard to count them. There were at least 20, and more than we have seen before.
I’m amazed that birds can survive winter temperatures, and I often wonder where they spend the night. Its always enjoyable to watch them, and good to think our bird feed (safflower and sunflower seeds) helps them survive winter’s cold.