Lately, I’ve noticed two things. The birds that are constantly raiding the chicken feed bowls are the cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers. The birds I am most likely to find trapped in the bird netting after stealing my black raspberries are cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers. And which birds have I been feeding in the winter with my sunflower seed-only regimen? You guessed it – cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers.
I’ve been watching a group of about twenty five sparrows sitting on the pole bean trellis. Every time a bug takes flight out of the garden, one launches and nabs it in midair. So I’ve started profiling birds. Cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers are thieves. Sparrows are allies.
This winter, things will be different.