There is a growing awareness (still a long way to go) that tidying the garden as we go into winter is a bad thing to do. Leaving our garden “scruffy” until spring means that birds like these American Goldfinches can find something to eat without needing to rely on our feeders.
These birds were eating seeds from a small-flowered form of sunflower.
This is turning into a very interesting birding start to winter – there was the Evening Grosbeak a few days ago in the garden, a recent visit by a Carolina Wren and then a couple of days ago a female Red-bellied Woodpecker put in an appearance. A rare bird this far north -, just a few in the arboretum really, and this is the first in the garden for quite a few years.
(Memory Sunday will be back next week – this was too good to miss sharing though)
Probably a once in a lifetime lifer for me – this was 2006 and we were staying in a research station outside Portal in Arizona only a couple of miles from the Mexican border. Breakfast was forgotten as a guy came into the dining room and casually mentioned he had heard an Elegant Trogon just down the road. There was a mad rush for cameras and spotting scopes and this was the result. One of the world’s really gorgeous creatures.