I unfortunately started out the new year with a respiratory bug but have pretty much gotten over it now. The first part of the week I really felt terrible but have been taking vitamin C and Echinacea and did a heavy wrap up to sweat out the bug.
Over the past couple of days I have been noticing quite an influx of Pine Warblers. Being stuck in the house I decided to make up a large batch of homemade suet. The birds really prefer it over the store bought and with cold weather coming next week, it seemed like an ideal indoor project.
Today while I was doing some work out in the yard (cleaning out bluebird boxes), I counted five Pine Warblers in the yard at one time. With grey skies rolling back in today, they are certainly like a little spot of sunshine.
The Bluebirds have really been flocking to the homemade suet. They would not feed in the caged suet feeder so I finally hung one of the free hanging access feeders back up. It has been a battle with the squirrels but I think the new baffle I added today will help to keep them away.