Although my turkey hunting this autumn and winter has been disappointing, I, as always, have enjoyed bird watching while afield. So far, I have spotted such winter visitors as winter wrens, brown creepers, hermit thrushes, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, juncos, and white-throated sparrows.
Interestingly, two species of winter visitors that I used to see this time of year, I have not observed this century: evening grosbeaks and purple finches. Do they no longer come as far south as Botetourt and Craig counties, Virginia where I live and hunt. Or is it just random chance that I have not seen them in 15 or so years.
Of course, I would like to call in and kill a turkey for Christmas dinner, but I can still enjoy being outdoors and birding.