Monday, January 24, 2011
My favorite cardinal (pictured) stopped by this morning to remind me to fill up the feeders - and to remind his reflection that he is the top cardinal on the clover. Full feeders are also important this time of the year for birds associated with "irruptions." When natural winter food supplies are scarce in northern Canada, bird species like Juncos, Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, Common Redpolls and Grosbeaks "irrupt," which means they migrate south in search of food. Be sure and leave out some millet for the Juncos and lots of thistle for the winter finches.