At the feeders lately we've seen: Juncos (tons of them); Goldfinches (seems like thousands); Cardinals; Titmouse (Titmice?); some type of woodpecker, I think a Downy Woodpecker (I didn't know they even frequent feeders); a random crow (luckily that's all); and once, a Purple House Finch. In Raleigh, there were many chickadees but I haven't seen them here. The Juncos and Goldfinches are the main residents.
They're going through about a full feeder of black oil sunflowers seed every 10 days, a feeder full of thistle every two weeks. Between birds and dogs, I'm being eaten out of house and home. I don't mind, though. It's been cold. I imagine they need the calories (the birds and the dogs).
Last week we saw a Kingfisher skimming the creek. Every day as I drive the country road from our community, bright red Cardinals dash across my path from the yellow stubble of the cornfield. This weekend Paul saw a beautiful Piliated Woodpecker--the sharp contrast of black and white body, the shock of bright head feathers. I didn't catch sight of him this time, but I have seen one in the same place before. The same day, as we pulled into the driveway, a hawk kited across the field, skimmed our rooftop and into the cornfield, his belly gleaming white. Several times we've seen a Great Blue Heron in the creek.
Ordinary, everyday birds. Nothing remarkable, and yet...I so love the simple pleasures of our life here.