This guy appeared and I thought he had something stuck on or in his beak. It was long and pointy... I was wondering and worrying already...
Then, it disappeared and he grabbed a long lilac seed pod ...hahahah....he was eating them off the snow covered bush.
I've never seen them eating these seeds in the past, but usually I trim them off about now and there would be none on the tree in a week or two... but, our seed feeders would also be out there and that is all I ever see them eat at our house.
Maybe from now on I should just leave the dead lilac seeds on the bushes. Ignore what they say in horticulture mags.... ... and trim them in late winter or very early spring instead. Trimming in fall is supposed to encourage more blooms... but, they get plenty .. so who cares? Maybe my birdies need them on bad snow days.
You will have to click on him to get a better idea of what he looks like up close. I lightened the photo a bit. The bright snow and sun were playing havoc with things.
Linking to Stewart at Paying Ready Attention.