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Old 10-24-2013, 06:19 PM   #541
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:34 PM   #542
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"My daughter needs to visit Cornell in January to see what winter is really like and decide if she really wants to go there. She puts on a sweatshirt when it gets down to 68. I think she will freeze."

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Driving up my long gravel driveway this afternoon I saw lots of juncos. The first of the season. They love to hang out along my driveway and will be there all winter. For those who don't like winter there are cool birds to see during winter. I have lots of white throated sparrows. I heard a nuthatch today. I'm looking forward to seeing more winter regulars.
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I started to post and noticed I finally have goldfinches eating nyjer seed. I've only been putting a little out and nothing has been eating it. Every day I turn the feeder upside down and shake it to keep the seed from getting caked and moldy. Today it was snowing and I didn't shake it feeling discouraged. This teaches me not to get discouraged. I have a song sparrow. I don't see many of them. I love to hear them sing.
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For those who don't like winter there are cool birds to see during winter. I have lots of white throated sparrows. I heard a nuthatch today. I'm looking forward to seeing more winter regulars.
Thanks for reminding us that every season has its merits. It is not that I don't like winter, I just think it is too long.

Since buying our house and land, I've learned to appreciate winter a lot more. I liked it as a kid, but less and less the older I got...until now where it is gaining some in my esteem. I bet, once I get more natives established (from fruiting trees and shrubs to the seeds of grasses and wildflowers), I'll appreciate it more--not only for the beauty of the plants themselves, but also the birds (and other wildlife) that they attract.
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Congratulations on your goldfinches. I can't wait until I start seeing them here again. One year I was lucky enough to have a small flock.
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Our goldfinches are here year round. They visit the feeders all summer then disappear in the fall, I see them browsing in the prairie bed and field, Yay! then they start showing up at the feeders in winter again with their bright yellow plumage.

I have yet to see the juncos and red-breasted nuthatches this year.
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Our goldfinches are here year round. They visit the feeders all summer then disappear in the fall, I see them browsing in the prairie bed and field, Yay! then they start showing up at the feeders in winter again with their bright yellow plumage.

I have yet to see the juncos and red-breasted nuthatches this year.
We get goldfinches all year as well--at least I know I've seen them in the summer. I think we get a lot of birds year round...except the juncos.
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It was wonderful today when it was snowing to watch the birds all around the house picking at what was in the gardens. What once looked like a jungle to some now is filled with seeds berries and nuts for wildlife. I think you will really enjoy winter when you have wildlife enjoying your gardens dap. I took a picture of 3 doves sitting on frost bitten Pokeweed. It takes me a while to get my pictures on the computer so I can post them.
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It was wonderful today when it was snowing to watch the birds all around the house picking at what was in the gardens. What once looked like a jungle to some now is filled with seeds berries and nuts for wildlife. I think you will really enjoy winter when you have wildlife enjoying your gardens dap. I took a picture of 3 doves sitting on frost bitten Pokeweed. It takes me a while to get my pictures on the computer so I can post them.
Just this week, I was thinking again how much more attractive the yard is with snow covered mounds of dried asters and other wildflowers, twigs, grasses, blueberry shrubs, etc...than if it were just a mowed expanse of lawn blanketed in snow.

I do have wildlife coming to what I've planted...I just need to plant a LOT more and more diversity. I'd love to have virtually the whole yard providing food for wildlife--nectar in the spring, summer, and fall; seeds and berries in the winter. Of course, there would be berries and seeds that will come and go long before winter arrives, but I hope to have plenty of the bounty that carries the birds and critters through the winter.
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