Right now there is the most incredible variation of blue in the sky. It is amazing.
Meanwhile the view at the desk remains serene, especially with its snow cover.
At the feeder we are seeing now a variety of birds.
First, before the last snowfall I was getting zillions of these. I am not sure what they are.
I think they are a kind of starling. They flock very closely and noisily chatter a lot. They are a nervous lot, forever flying up into the trees and then back down to the ground to browse. They behave like starlings I saw in Rome, the storni who flock so densely.
Meanwhile the chickdee is ever present as is the nuthatch with whom they hang out in the winter.
Since I started mixing in some thistle seed with the black sunflower seeds I am getting lots of finches again. Small groups of house finches, about four or five together are around.
And the gold finch eating team is still about in good numbers. I wonder if I should put out the thistle sock again.
I think this would be a "yes" vote.
They have all kept me company today as I hammered out another article for the paper and my coffee got colder and colder.