|Nosing for red-hot poker leaves|
St. Paddy’s Day 2014 snowstorm left us with about nine inches of snow—and some unusual visitors to our bird feeders. With the extra snow and ice cover we’ve had this winter, I think I now know why I uncharacteristically bought 80 pounds of sunflower seeds last fall, rather than the usual 40.
|Cleaning up sunflower-seed shells|
Bird feeders, of course, are for birds—and we see lots of them. Typical birds scrounging for seeds under our feeders are white-throated sparrows, song sparrows, juncos, and cardinals. Chickadees, titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, and downy and red-breasted woodpeckers feed at the suet and seed feeders.
St. Paddy’s Day snow, however, brought several new visitors. One was a rufous-sided towhee that was ground feeding with several juncos and white-throated sparrows. Then arrived three deer, which normally don’t come so close to our house during daylight hours.
Nearby a garden gnome, with green jacket and, hopefully, insulated underwear, poked his head through the snow to deliver a “Happy St. Paddy’s Day” greeting.
|"Happy St. Paddy's Day!"|