This past weekend the weather was certainly not conducive to outdoor activities. At least it wasn’t cold, so I spent most of my day on my screened porch reading and keeping an eye on my bird feeders. There were naturally lots of Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse and occasionally Northern Cardinals, a Goldfinch, and a Red-bellied or Downy Woodpecker.
Rainy days do have their advantages though. Had I not been confined to this one corner at my home, I would not have seen the Red-breasted Nuthatch at my suet feeder. I saw a female several times on Sunday and a male on Monday. The female has the same prominent white eyebrows as the male, but her chest is pale unlike the rust color of the male.
Apparently, mine was not the only sighting this weekend, so put out your suet feeders and take advantage of these rainy days.
-Submitted by Joleen Ardaiolo