Winter birds

It is often said that bad weather leads to good birding or at least better sightings of birds.

Winter weather often makes birds flock to area feeders in search of food.

The feeder this week saw visits from dark-eyed juncos, black-capped chickadees, tufted-titmice, northern cardinals, American tree sparrows, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays and more. A red squirrel also decided to pilfer food from the feeder.

And if you think you’re seeing more blue jays, you’re not alone. Area bird experts just finished their Christmas Bird Counts and the numbers of blue jays are up. Of course, when there’s some blue jays around they certainly make their presence known with their loud calls and flashy coloring.


A blue jay



A male northern cardinal



An American tree sparrow



A white-breasted nuthatch



A tufted titmouse



A dark-eyed junco



A feeder-raiding red squirrel

Crazy Critters


Kennedy, Buford, Kyle and Sherman head home after a walk.


(A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford and Sherman, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at