As Thanksgiving approaches, my inbox has been flooded with adds announcing the latest winter arrivals. There are comfy sweaters, cozy socks, and coats for every climate – all offered at “amazingly low prices.”
Well, I am not rushing out to any stores, but I have been checking out my backyard looking for its latest winter arrivals. Over the past week I have seen three of our seasonal guests, all hanging out around the Camellia Bush.
First on the list is the Dark-eyed Junco, who has been extremely camera shy. He darts out from under the bush only long enough to grab a snack or a quick sip of water and then disappears again beneath the safety of the branches. Hopefully, he will get braver as he gets a bit more used to the surroundings, and allow me to get a closer and clearer picture.
The White-throated Sparrow has also returned. Aren’t his markings beautiful? He will visit the various feeders and water dishes, but prefers to perch on the branches of the bush when he is resting.
And last, but definitely not least, is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I adore these little birds, but they are difficult to photograph. They hop and twitch and barely sit still for a second. I once got a picture of this fellow displaying his crown; it is still one of my all time favorites.
So, while I am able to resist the allure of the ads (despite being addicted to cozy socks) I find the appeal of these winter visitors absolutely irresistible.