Hello everyone, if you look to the right, way back behind the deck, you’ll be able to see a Sumac plant devoid of leaves, sitting there is a male Northern Cardinal. The reason of the absence of leaves on the Sumac is the low temperatures and heavy rains we had, which precipitated the process of defoliation. The cardinals love to eat the seeds from the sumac’s dried flowers.
I’m totally surprised to see European Starlings still hanging out and haven’t flown south yet. Usually they start their move from this area at the beginning of Autumn.
Carolina Chickadees keep working extra hard to have enough food stored to be ready for Winter, I have the feeling that we’ll be facing a long, cold Winter next season.
Note: I had the opportunity to capture one shot of two young male Brown-headed Cowbirds on what it seems playing around, not fighting as they are used to do. I get that ‘boys are boys’ applies to them too! It was a delightful scene to my opinion. What do you think?
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101