Dark-eyed Junco, Squirrel and Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve and there is no snow on the ground.

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The cyclamen is starting to bloom.  The grass is green and we have had a lot of rain recently.  It was 60 degrees earlier this week.

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We have had a lot of dark-eyed juncos in the yard this year.  Maybe it is all the leaf litter under the Chinquapin oak tree that they like.  Sometimes I have seen six of these little birds poking in the leaves in the morning at once.

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This picture is a little fuzzy, but I like how soft the feathers look.  Dark-eyed juncos are primarily seed-eaters, so there is a lot of pecking and scratching going on.

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The bird bath has been freezing and thawing this autumn.  The birds peck at the ice and sometimes get a drink or a bath.

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It seems like each morning around 9 am the squirrel comes to the crabapple tree for a snack.

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Sometimes it is a stretch…

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Squirrels are so acrobatic they keep us entertained.

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The birds don’t seem too interested in these crabapples, so glad someone is enjoying them!

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Tiny hands, beautiful fur, playful antics…

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One day Dan brought home some nuts from the airport that were pretty stale.  I put them out on the ground and three squirrels were enjoying them.  This guy is eating an almond, which is maybe out of his usual diet.  The other squirrels had a pecking order and could only get near the nuts when the big squirrel let them.

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The last of the collards have survived the cold so far.  I might pick a few leaves for dinner tonight.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

4 thoughts on “Dark-eyed Junco, Squirrel and Christmas

  1. Happy Christmas! Loved the photo of the squirrels taking the crab apples. The blackbirds do eventually take ours but I think they must prefer the wild haws from the hawthorns as those are taken first!

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