So, yes, it's cold today. 34.4F when I woke up (very close to 0C for you European types). We've had birds a-plenty in the feeders. Entire flocks of large black birds with just a tad of red on their wings. Sue was still here when they started arriving and was able to see them with me. I immediately said "red-winged blackbirds" but we saw some plain black birds mixed in and decided that no, they weren't red-winged blackbirds maybe they were starlings...but later, at lunch, they came back and I started looking through my bird book and now I think they are, in fact red-winged blackbirds! (They didn't match the photos of the starlings anyway) Here's what the book says...
Abundant in marshes and fields. The red-shouldered male can be confused only with the western Tricolored Blackbird. Females and immature males resemble large sparrows, but are longer-billed and more heavily streaked, often with a tinge of red on shoulder or throat. Feed, fly, and roost in huge flocks.
Below is a photo. If you think it is something other than a red-winged blackbird, leave me a comment. I also have a new bird at the feeder. A little yellow thing. Goldfinch??? If you know what it is, let me know that, too! A photo of that is below as well. And finally, we had both a ladderback and a red-bellied woodpecker show at the feeders today. I managed to capture the red-bellied guy after a few days of trying! I was very excited about that. I think now I need a camera with a better zoom on it. Hmmm. Maybe I can talk to Santa about that next fall. ;-)
Photos: flock of birds, yellow bird - look closely he looks like the grass, red-bellied woodpecker, old-fashioned German girl's pork & sauerkraut New Year's Day dinner!