The bitterly cold snap is still continuing – and the number of birds visiting our battery of assorted feeders is increasing so much so that today they were joined, briefly, by a Red-tailed Hawk (a garden list first) who came and sat in one of the trees to seek out a snack.
Because it gets so cold here, we provide a heated water bath for the birds – and squirrels – to drink from and it is much appreciated. However, each evening the rim of the bath is filled for half an hour or so by up to a dozen Mourning Doves who settle in until dark (I guess the temperature is a a degree or two warmer than elsewhere). Unfortunately they sit with their tails in the water and excrete happily as they gossip to each other, thus creating what we have come to know as ‘poop soup”. Keeping the water clean is like painting the Forth bridge, a never ending chore.
Here are a few of the people that came today: