It has been another dreary day with a chill that cuts through to the bone. My only journey out was to pick up a couple of ingredients to make some suet cakes and a new thistle sock. The finches swarmed in early and finished off what was left of one and I felt very bad as they would fly to the empty searching.
The last suet cakes I made I chopped some cranberries and blueberries very fine and mixed with some applesauce that I added to the mixture. They all definitely like it. Visitors on the suet feeder today have been Carolina Wrens, Bluebirds, Cardinals, Chickadees, Titmice, Downy WPs, B. Thrasher, WT Sparrows, Juncos, finches (both gold and house), 1 male Purple Finch, 1 Brown Header and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker. It has definitely been a hotspot of activity.
(and 1 Pine Warbler who has sat in a nearby tree and trilled away all day)
Within about five minutes of hanging up the new thistle sock the finches arrived. Funny how you don't see them until you put out the food. Most were willing to share a space on the sock with others but there was one that wanted to bully and fuss with any arriving finch. This one stayed to the top and guarded his space.