A mob broke out on the mountain today, with at least 10 different species of birds taking shelter from the ice and snow on my front porch.
They chirped and chattered at one another, but it appeared that everyone had a turn grabbing a seed or nut. I even had to refill midday due to all of the action. The alphas on the feeders were certainly the Cardinals, but the Nuthatches and woodpeckers (Hairy, Downy and Red-Bellied) took command when they snagged a place at the suet.
The Sparrows, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Titmice and Chickadees are quick and agile, flitting to an opening for a quick grab and escape. My favorite little Carolina Wrens are tough and small, and they will fight for their places among the woodpeckers. They seem to prefer the suet and don’t give up easily.
I’m glad that I was able to provide food and shelter for the birds during this latest storm, and they certainly provided me with lots of entertainment on yet another snowy Virginia day.