Red-bellied Woodpecker on Sunflower Seeds
Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe
First Junco of Fall 2016
Carolina Wren on suet Video
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!
The round little bird would poke at the suet a time or two and then take a quick look around under the suet, making sure there was no danger coming from the other side of the suet cake I’m guessing. It stayed for a minute or so eating lots of gooey, fatty suet since it probably was having a hard time finding any bugs in the cold and snow.
That is their main diet – bugs. I know from watching them that they really like big moths! I’ve seen them capture and eat them many times in the past. I really enjoy watching, and listening to the resident Carolina Wren do its thing while often calling for other Carolina Wrens from nearby trees!
On Deck with Blue Jays and Red-bellied Woodpeckers
Red-bellied Woodpecker eating corn
Chickadee Neck Deep
The Cool Carolina Wren
Mourning Dove in Snow
Goldfinch and Nuthatch on Nijer
Dreaming about Juncos
Funny that I posted about some of the birds that show up bringing in fall every year and then I had a dream last night, and there was a Junco in our back yard ushering in fall! It was so vivid I thought it really happened until I woke up and found out it was just a dream. I looked out the window and live! No Juncos yet. Still too warm!
Crest-less Blue Jays
Pine Siskins invade our feeders
Chipping in the Evening
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! I wonder if they need the energy for their overnight roost?
Another Hawk Interrupted!
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. I should have been thinking hawk all along and been prepared with camera, but this hawk caught me flat-footed once again! No pictures. Just the tail end of a hawk soaring away!
Juvenile Blue Heron out-fishes me!
Was on Lake Ovid today fishing, and watching a juvenile Great Blue Heron fishing up a storm on the humps. It was standing in deep water almost swimming, and every once in awhile would dart its head and snap up another small bluegill! It caught more than I did!