Small Demon
Feb 012010
 

There are at least four wild turkeys hanging out on our property this winter — when I went out with one of the terriers this morning they clattered up through the spruce trees by the creek. We see their huge tracks in the snow and they dig around under the bird feeders to pick up what has gone deeper than the other ground-feeders can get to. I also saw a grouse under the feeders the other evening — surprising because they are generally so shy that you only see them as a blur when you accidentally flush one while walking in the woods. We also have our usual nuthatches and woodpeckers and chickadees. I always appreciate the birds more in winter when they are the most lively thing in the landscape.

  3 Responses to “Winter Birds”

  1. joseph, does this activity under your birdfeeder this year indicate that there is less food for the grouse and wildturkeys this year? ed

  2. We usually have turkeys, but the grouse is a new appearance & I’ve only seen one, at dusk, so I think the food supply is about the same.

  3. Hey winter bird, there is a new show about Vietnam at the Asia Society in NYC. Time to travel south?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/arts/design/05viet.html?em

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