I was out in the garden a day or two ago and heard a white-breasted nuthatch ank-anking as it fed in one of the pecan trees. I ran inside and got my camera, but when I aimed it at the nuthatch, he went behind the trunk, only to be replaced by this lovely female downy woodpecker:
I took the arrival of both birds to be a sign that it is time to set up the winter bird feeding station. So on Wednesday I bought the seed, scrubbed and sparkled the feeders, and hung it all out:
It's a bit hard to see, but I've got two tube feeders (one with thistle seed and the other with black oil sunflower seed), one platform feeder (black oil), a nut cake in a cage, and water in a pan. And yesterday, among the usual house sparrow/white-winged dove suspects, I had already had my first goldfinch, so what with the woodp, nuthatch, and g-finch (plus a heard Carolina wren this AM), it looks like it's already shaping up to be a good winter. I disassembled my old blind this year, so I need to get cracking on replacing it with my combo potting bench/bird blind that I plan to build with the recycled lumber.
No pics yet of this year's crop, but here's a lovely one from last year of a red-breasted nuthatch: