Just the mere act of writing about these birds (and videorecording them) has made me more aware of them than I ever had been before. So, no surprise, when I was outside doing some last-minute winterizing over the weekend, I noticed both species entering their respective nests. Perhaps they also sensed the shifting winds that sent my husband and me outside for those final, end-of-autumn chores.
I always wondered whether these birds returned to the same nest year after year. Now I know: they never actually leave.
Like the rest of us, these non-migratory birds hunker down against the elements, as cozily as possible, tucked inside the nest cavities they’ve fashioned in the tree limbs they call home.