Feeding songbirds during a snowfall. American Goldfinch (left) and House Sparrow (right).
An American Goldfinch perches on the shepherd’s crook which supports two bird feeders below it.
I’m under a Blizzard Warning. Although the snow has stopped falling, it’s blowing and drifting. It’s -15C (5F) with a wind chill of -27C (-16F). A tough time for songbirds, so I’m liberally scattering seed as well as keeping the bird bath plugged in.
The new Squirrel Buster bird feeder received the Downy Woodpecker seal of approval.
An American Goldfinch attempted to share a perch at the feeder with a House Finch. The House Finch didn’t budge, so the goldfinch had to leave and wait its turn.
First weekend of Project FeederWatch.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch grabs a tidbit, a shelled sunflower seed, from a feeder.
Highlighted by late afternoon sun, an American Goldfinch feeds.
I tend to think ‘wind-up toy’ when I watch a woodpecker move. Tick-a, tick-a, tick-a.
A Downy Woodpecker. It’s interesting that this individual does not share – it jabs at any other bird on the feeder and continues jabbing until the other bird leaves.
During mid-summer the number of birds – individuals and species – that visit the backyard decreases.
Activity is picking up now, and these two Mourning Doves are among the birds that have returned.