Our front yard has been filled with very busy birds fueling themselves against the cold and snowy weather. They truly are a joy to watch, providing plenty of entertainment for the seed that we supply them with.
The tiny chickadees are very social.....
...gathering on the line when I go out to fill the feeders.
I tried offering seed in my hand and they happily accepted.....friendly, trusting little souls that they are.
Hubby is watching from inside and has the camera ready.
The other day one was on the suet and as I slowly reached my hand up it stayed right there and let me touch it. Amazing!
The cardinals have been coming every day for the past week.
Not only do we have a pretty female,
The bossy blue jays are constant visitors. I counted ten of them today...more than usual. We had snow flurries for most of the day, and the temperatures were cold, with a high of about 17ºF (-8C).
There's also a red-bellied woodpecker on the suet to the left of the photo.
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The blue jays are so funny the way they boss each other around :)
I put some pieces of stale hot dog buns on the tray the other day, and the blue jays gobbled them up very quickly. But this fellow interrupted Mr. Cardinal while he was eating.....
......a little taste of his own medicine :)
"OK, OK, I'm going!"
I offered him some water, but he didn't drink any.
A few days later I heard him hit the door again (can't be sure it was the same fella, of course)...this time not so hard, thankfully. When I looked out, there he was tucked up tight against the post (doesn't he look scared?)........and a hawk was flying away. I was very relieved to see that no small bird was clutched in the hawk's claws.
I had suspected that might be why the woody hit the door the first time, because I've seen a hawk around recently. It's amazing to see how quickly the birds disappear, or they freeze in place.
Here you can see the difference in size between the downy (on the left) and hairy woodpecker. Also notice the hairy's beak is longer. These are two females.
The female red-bellied woody has been coming almost every day as well.
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Since joining Feedwatch, I've noticed a few different birds that have probably been here before, but I just wasn't looking closely enough to realize what I was seeing. I'll show pictures of them in another post soon.