This week a Carolina Wren has been coming to our suet feeder
sporadically every day.
A Brown Creeper seems to spend most of mid-day every day on the
box-elder outside our dining room window, making a stop on the snow
below the feeders before each round up the tree-trunk. ( I want to
hear him start to sing his tinkly song as the days lengthen, but with
the windows closed, that's unlikely)
Other regulars: Red-br Nuthatch pair, White-br Nuthatch pair,
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy woodpecker, one Tree sparrow, BC
Chickadees, T.Titmouse, House Finches, DEJuncos, N.Cardinals,
Mourning Doves, Bluejays, four gray squirrels and one red squirrel.
Earlier in the month we had one male Redpoll & for just one
appearance, five Pine Siskins that did not return.
Looking at the sexual dimorphism of the woodpecker pairs versus the
identical plumage of the nuthatches, chickadees, etc., I wondered
whether there is any substantial discussion of how birds recognise
their mates, or even gender in general? Is it known what birds look
Ellis Hollow Rd.
Nari B. Mistry,
Ithaca, New York
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