Carolina wrens don't do well in winters that have long cold spells and lots of snow and ice.
"The recent unpleasantness" is how many Southerners would refer to The Civil War in the decades following the war's end. Unpleasant
is a word that thoroughly applies to our winter thus far in southeastern Ohio. We've had several tenacious snows, a smattering of ice storms, and enough "snow days" off school to make us feel like we're home schooling our kids.
One of the few benefits of the harsh winter weather is that it keeps the feeders hopping, as long as we keep them full. We get visits from most of our backyard birds.
A nice three-fer: Eastern bluebird, tufted titmouse, dark-eyed junco. The flying pigs attack! European starlings gobble up the suet dough. The bluebirds often pose for their portrait between feeding bouts. An over-wintering field sparrow has become a suet dough regular.
This winter reminds me of the winters of 1977 and 1978 when we had lots of snow and ice that stuck around. As a high-school-aged bird watcher, I remember those winters for their evening grosbeaks and common redpolls that came to my parents' feeders. And I remember those years as killing off most of SE Ohio's eastern screech-owls and Carolina wrens. I'm hoping this winter does not do the same.
Labels: winter bird feeding, Winter weather