Greetings all! No pear tree, but. . . Seen through a cloud of thick gray fog this morning, 10 Gray Partridges were huddled underneath a Blue Spruce tree in the back yard. As the fog lifted, they ventured out to feed in the snow. The lone male has large dark patches on his breast; the females' breasts are gray and white. The rusty heads and barred sides are similar in both sexes. This is probably the same family that I observed in the area over the summer; their numbers are reduced from 13, but I never observed a male with them. Gray Partridges were imported from Europe; I've heard them referred to as "Hungarian Partridges." The bird feeders are now up, but we've observed only two goldfinches taking advantage of the free provisions.
At least 4 Bluebirds have been foraging under my bird feeders. They appear to be gleaning crumbs of suet dropped by other birds. They may also be eating some millet. And they are learning to go directly to the hanging feeders for food.