According to Hinterland Who’s Who, this bird
- has a bill that in spring is the colour of buds
- may devour surprising quantities of raw salt, salt-impregnated earth or fine gravel
- has a close predator–prey relationship with the spruce budworm, a serious pulpwood forest pest
- has been seen to eat 96 sunflower seeds in five minutes (say wha??) no wonder our supply of seeds seems somewhat diminished . . .
It was late Sunday morning when a flock of these beautiful birds landed in on our feeder and were flitting around in a bit of a frenzy. I have never been able to capture a good photo of one and I was busy – busy getting ready for Christmas so I announced that I wasn’t even going to get my camera out. But hubby, as usual, gave me just the bit of encouragement that I needed and this is what happened . . . I added Kim Klassen’s new texture – Lilly. It’s one of her free textures that she is giving away this month – right now! Head on over and get yerself one! or twelve! Thanks, Kim!