Some Winter Visitors To My Backyard
After a couple of mild weeks in December, colder weather, and snow, returned to our area here in Northeastern Pennsylvania in January. But, at my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, the weather really doesn’t matter to the Winter visitors to my backyard. They show up at my feeders regardless of the weather. I thought I’d share some photos I took of some of these critters.
The most frequent visitors to my bird feeders are the black-capped chickadees. These tiny cute birds are friendly and often fly to the feeders while I am re-filling them. They are usually one of the first birds at the feeder in the morning and last to leave in the evening,
Another beautiful bird that visits my suet feeder on a daily basis is this red-bellied woodpecker.
White-breasted nuthatches also visit the suet feeder as well as the trunks of the oak trees in my backyard where they look for insects underneath the bark.
Tufted titmice also appear at my feeders daily.
There are also always a couple of downy woodpeckers at my suet feeder. I believe, because of their smaller size they are downy and not hairy woodpeckers which are very similar.
In addition to the birds I also have some mammal winter visitors to my backyard. Squirrels are regulars and some rabbits can be seen in the morning and evening twilight. I haven’t seen them lately but I have heard or have seen tracks of foxes, skunks and raccoons in my backyard. Nightly visitors include a heard of about a dozen deer that feed on come corn and alfalfa I put out.
As I finish typing this post, the forecast is for arctic temperatures next week. I will have to keep my feeders filled to help my backyard friends survive the cold. Winter is half over and soon their Summer friends will be returning to join them. I can’t wait! Here is a link to a gallery of some more photographs in a gallery on my blog website of the winter visitors to my backyard. January backyard critters. January 2021.