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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The weather has turned very cold for Texas. We rarely have freezes during the winter. But this year we have already had five or six frosty mornings.
On really cold mornings, the birds flock to our feeders. This morning, four blue jays came to eat peanuts. Mom took this photo of two of them.
Some of the birds that visit our feeders live here all year long. We have red cardinals. We have black and white chickadees. We have several kinds of woodpeckers. We also have lots of doves and sparrows.
Texas has more birds than any other state. We have over 600 different kinds of birds. Because Texas is so big, it has both eastern and western birds. We are also on the great flyway, so we have lots of visitors from up north that winter in Texas.
We have many winter friends that come to our feeders. The bright yellow American finch come every year. Red robins visit. Sometimes even Rufus hummingbirds come.
Would you like to learn more about Texas birds? You can download a wonderful booklet with lots of activities and information. Just go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_p4000_0038.pdf