The Juncos and Mourning Doves sharing spilled grain. They prefer to eat on the ground rather than at the feeders.
Well, life went crazy last spring and I never seemed to ‘catch-up’ as it were. So I have all these photos in my ‘Blog Photo File’ that never made it into a post. So I’m going to give you a line-up of the winter bird photos left with no home. 🙂
An early fall picture of a female Downy Woodpecker. One of our year round residents. The males actually do most of the brooding on the nest.
The Tufted Titmouse is a bold little bird that has been known to pull hair from sleeping dogs, cats, and squirrels to line their nests with.
I have not always been thrilled with Blue Jays. I’ve seen them tear apart other birds’ nests. But they are very engaging and lovely birds. I had one Blue Jay that had learned to imitate a dog’s growl. And when I would sit outside on the bank near the feeders, he would come down to a low branch on the tree and growl at me!
Someone, probably a deer, had knocked the bird seed out of the feeder to the right. So everyone was taking advantage of the extra. It was so cold at this time that even hot water poured into the birdbaths froze right up in less than an hour.
The Northern Cardinal. We usually have at least 5 mated pairs using our yard. These are the birds that tell me, with a special type of chirp, that night is falling.
A Black-capped Chickadee and a House Wren squabble over lunch.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker has just put a sunflower seed into the hole at his feet.
Now he is pecking it apart in order to eat it. Since he started doing this, and, no doubt, widened the hole; many other birds now use this hole for hulling sunflower seeds!
The Mourning Doves all huddled in the tree on a cold winter morning. Hopefully, I won’t be able to take any more pictures like this for at least another six or seven months!
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