February 10, 2016 I was watching the winter world outside the kitchen window here in SW Lansing, Michigan when I spotted this chunky little Carolina Wren eating suet like it was going out of style!
The round little bird would poke at the suet a time or two and then take a quick look around under the suet, making sure there was no danger coming from the other side of the suet cake I’m guessing. It stayed for a minute or so eating lots of gooey, fatty suet since it probably was having a hard time finding any bugs in the cold and snow.
That is their main diet – bugs. I know from watching them that they really like big moths! I’ve seen them capture and eat them many times in the past. I really enjoy watching, and listening to the resident Carolina Wren do its thing while often calling for other Carolina Wrens from nearby trees!
It’s interesting that almost every evening the last birds to show up outside at our backyard feeders are the Northern Cardinals. They come in to the sunflower and safflower feeders chipping away loudly so you can’t miss that they are there! I wonder if they need the energy for their overnight roost?
No birds outside so I step out the door expecting the yellow feral cat only to once again spook a small Cooper’s Hawk out of the pine tree on the edge of our deck. I should have been thinking hawk all along and been prepared with camera, but this hawk caught me flat-footed once again! No pictures. Just the tail end of a hawk soaring away!
We have a new visitor out back. Smelled something skunky quite a few mornings but this is the first time we actually observed this skunk out back eating under our feeders! It ate some sunflower seeds apparently and then went sniffing in high speed all over the yard like it was looking for something else? But what?