Another first at our backyard feeders, this big male Red-bellied Woodpecker bypassed the peanuts and suet to eat whole sunflower seeds on our feeder!
February 10, 2016 I was watching the winter world outside the kitchen window here in SW Lansing, Michigan when I spotted this chunky little Carolina Wren eating suet like it was going out of style!
With the fall coming, I’ve been tossing corn kernels on the back deck and the Blue Jays and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are taking full advantage!
A new observation at our backyard feeders. Red-bellied Woodpeckers had been gone from our backyard for a few months but one male recently returned to our feeders and is doing something unseen before – eating whole corn kernels off the deck!
Not trying to rush winter but this is another picture I like – a Mourning Dove pecking seeds out of the snow from a past winter.
Sometimes pictures just speak to you, and this shot of an American Goldfinch and a White-breasted Nuthatch on the Nijer seed sock is one I like.
We seem to get this every fall – scruffy, balding looking Blue Jays that I assume are molting as the reason their head looks bald without much of a crest.
This only started happening the past two seasons but for brief periods we get invaded by cute little Pine Siskins that fly down out of the North woods to visit our backyard feeders.
It’s interesting that almost every evening the last birds to show up outside at our backyard feeders are the Northern Cardinals. They come in to the sunflower and safflower feeders chipping away loudly so you can’t miss that they are there!
No birds outside so I step out the door expecting the yellow feral cat only to once again spook a small Cooper’s Hawk out of the pine tree on the edge of our deck.
We have a new visitor out back. Smelled something skunky quite a few mornings but this is the first time we actually observed this skunk out back eating under our feeders!
Either we had a Chipping Sparrow nest nearby or I guess it could just be passing through because now we have a juvenile Chipping Sparrow on the deck! It just showed up a few days ago and may be gone already now.