The feeding frenzy has begun, at least for the starling population.
For most of this year our bird feeders have sat empty. There are feral cats in the neighborhood. I haven’t seen any cat prints, though, at the feeders. There might be a hawk in the area. I have seen quite a number of hawks in trees throughout the area. I haven’t seen one in our neighborhood though. Whatever the reason for the lack of birds, perhaps the tide is beginning to turn. A starling started to show up at the feeder. I have seen a couple juncos, a goldfinch and a nuthatch at the feeders. The starling, though, has been my most frequent visitor.
For the past several days this lone starling has been the only bird who has enjoyed the food at our bird feeders. I would like to think it is the same starling returning time and time again. I have named him Spot, an obvious choice for a name given all the spots on his body. His food of choice is the suet nuggets. Today, Spot was joined by other starlings.