I’d like to share a wonderful experience I had with bird visitors to my backyard on December 17. Sitting in my living room which faces south, I was aware of a lot of activity in the trees. I went to the windows and was treated to the sight of dozens of Bohemian Waxwings resting and flitting from branch to branch. They stayed about an hour and then moved on. Their numbers were quite impressive! Not much vocalizations at all. I have never seen this bird before. Would this be an unusual visit to our area? My home is in the north end of Peterborough,in a 10 year old subdivision, and has a few trees separating it from a large wide open school playground. It was a fascinating hour for me. Sandy Campbell

I was out today (December 22) and came across four Bald Eagles feasting on a racoon. Two adult birds sat in trees observing while two juveniles ate to their hearts’ content. They were on Nicholson Rd between the 2nd & 3rd Lines south of Peterborough. Carl Welbourn

We had an American Kestrel come and sit near our birdfeeder today, December 25. Not another bird dared come by. This fierce little falcon knows about bird feeders. Now that sun is going down, the birds are back. Ralph Ingleton

American Kestrel (Carl Welbourn)

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.