Winter at the Pond
Winter is not greatest time to see birds in the Midwest. There are still year-round residents here like the woodpeckers, cardinals, finches, doves and the ever present House Sparrows and starlings, but many more have gone south in search of food. Most birds can tolerate cold temperatures, but those with a primarily insect diet need to move to a warmer climate.
So it’s no surprise that I haven’t had much luck finding any new birds to photograph this past month. It’s been bleak and colorless walking along the trails. The pond is partially frozen and on my last few visits there weren’t even any ducks.
The trees are bare and sparse making it easy to see the remnants of summer bird activity in abandoned nests. In the spring they are so well hidden among the leaves that it is almost impossible to find them.
I encountered this guy at the larger, main pond. He didn’t seem too happy to see me. I tried to get closer but he kept swimming away and diving under the vegetation. I’m pretty sure this is a beaver although I have never seen one at the pond before. They are usually several miles away, messing up the river.
I did find one bird this week that was willing to pose for me and that was Mr. Robin. He was featured here on Wordless Wednesday.
Contrary to popular belief, not all robins migrate south for the winter. And south is relative to the robin. The birds I’m seeing now may have come here from Canada, while my backyard robin has gone to southern Illinois.
Once nesting season ends, robins leave the backyards to form large flocks. These flocks will move around in search of food. Robins eat worms and bugs in the summer but will switch to berries in the winter. I often see groups of them in my Eastern Cedar gobbling down the berries. Never park your car under a cedar tree with robins in it, the results can be messy!
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