Staunton Star - Times - Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years

Gray days, colorful birds


February 2, 2022


There's nothing like the brilliant blue of bluebirds to take the gray out of winter days. These birds are breathtaking in their beauty.

Feeding and watching the birds can be a pleasant winter pastime. In my neck of the woods it's impossible to ignore the streak of bright blue flying from one tree branch to another. It's also impossible to ignore the sight of a giant woodpecker.

I don't usually see bluebirds in the dead of winter, but six to eight eastern bluebirds have been flitting around my backyard since mid-January. Other birds have also been hard to miss with black-capped chickadees, tufted titmouse, red headed woodpeckers, speckled woodpeckers and two of the elusive pileated woodpeckers all landing in the trees one da...

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