Updated: Dec 29, 2022
I poured a hot cup of coffee on a cool October morning. I sat on my back patio and enjoyed all of the different birds foraging along the trees, brush and feeders. As the sun creep along the trees and across the lower brush, the birds became more active and covered the backyard. The "locals" Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice and Northern Cardinals foraged throughout the yard and feeders. Over the course of the morning I had 5 woodpecker species, Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Northern Flicker. I had a few backyard surprise birds, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, both Red & White-eyed Vireos, a Common Yellowthroat and a Baltimore Oriole. There was a group of 22 White Pelicans that gracefully flew over for several minutes, and a pair of Indigo Buntings alerted me to their presence with a few zee zee calls. And a Red-Shouldered Hawk perched in a nearby Pine tree for some close photos. The wonderful morning ended with visit from an immature Painted Bunting.