The last few years I wait to put out my seed feeders until the first snow fall - in an attempt to keep the sparrows away.
I have been feeding a little over a week now and have enjoyed seeing the Titmice, Woodpeckers, Cardinals and Chickadees.
Two days ago a flock of what I carelessly thought were Starlings drained the feeders in 2 hours - ugh.
My friend Cathy was good enough to consult her birding friends for help and on their advice I switched to perch feeders.
Unfortunately, most of the birds perched just fine.
On closer inspection today, I noticed that this is a mixed flock - with very few Starlings.
There are Red-winged Blackbirds.
I didn't know the Red-winged Blackbirds and Cowbirds stayed during the winter, but they do.
I didn't put out seed yesterday, but with the temperatures dropping, today I relented.
Besides, they all seemed much more beautiful in the sunshine.