Monday, January 25, 2016

Hungry Birds

During the recent snowfall and afterwards, we have had almost constant visitors to our bird feeders. When snow is not covering the ground, the usual pattern is to see a flurry of activity for a short period followed by longer periods of inactivity. The snow cover changed that. I didn't see anything exotic, but over the last couple of days I have seen most of the common backyard birds that visit my feeder in the winter.

Below are pictures of those visitors. There are more pictures than I usually include, but this is the place I'm recording what I saw. Also, the quality of some of the pictures may be less than desired, but those darn birds don't always hold still while I get the camera.

There were usually multiple birds at the feeder at any one time.

Dark-eyed Junco (These birds were everywhere.)

Mourning Dove

White-breasted nuthatch

White breasted Nuthatch (This is a more typical view than the fluffed out bird above. Lighting makes a big difference in the colors, doesn't it? First one is in the snow and the second picture is in the sun.)


House Finch

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Carolina Wren

Downy Woodpecker


Female Cardinal and Dark eyed Junco

Male Cardinal

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

White Throated Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse

Hawk (Ward saw it fly into this distant tree otherwise, it's hard to tell what it is.)

Cowbird and juncos