The shrill call of the red-bellied woodpecker is heard from the forest. A second later and the bird lands of the feeder, grabs a peanut and then flies to a nearby pine tree to crack open the treat, a few minutes later a nuthatch lands and grabs one too.
It's a good thing for gardeners to feed the birds. It keeps them around to feast on insects during the gardening season.
I mostly feed them black oil sunflower seeds, but love to watch them being drawn to the feeder by peanuts.
Best Feeds is where I get them in bulk, you can find them at many different places.
But it's not just the birds who crave peanuts. My daughter has a wild squirrel, which has become slightly domesticated though a love of peanuts. She calls him Braveheart.
We don't don't get close tot he animal, just throw a few under the bird feeder and watch him get fatter.
During a long winter like this one, it's nice to help the wildlife out a bit with some treats. The birds will repay you by keeping the pest population down.