Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hawk Getting Ready to Fly



This hawk hung around for a while in a tree looking for something to eat. He scared a finch away from the feeder and landed on a post on the dock. Here is a picture of him as he was flying away still hungry.

There was a squirrel in the tree who didn't move for a few minutes. Here, the hawk seemed to consider a squirrel dinner.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Two Cardinals




A male and a female cardinal have been around for a while. They took turns at the feeder.

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Cardinal

We're still trying to get an excellent picture of this beautiful bird. This shows how he keeps outflying our current photographic skills. Chris knew the snow was coming, and they are always out there in the snow (don't ask us why!), so she filled up the feeder with the choicest blend that the woodpeckers, jays, and cardinals seem to love. (Some people go buy milk and such before a storm, but we made sure our birds would have a good snow day!) We'll keep trying for a better picture today.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

           




Here are two pictures of the same yellow-bellied sapsucker that had lunch here today. You can see the holes in the tree, and he often comes back to them and has a meal here. He made quite a pig of himself today, so I was able to take tons of pictures of him. I think these guys are really fun to watch! I am going to put up several of his pictures since he was so cooperative for me (Chris).

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
You can see he has another row of holes down in this part of the same tree.

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Anonymous Lynn said...

I looked at your birds, while we should have been sleeping. They are still nice, the second time I looked at them, again.

February 22, 2008 at 3:43 AM  

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Woodpecker

The sapsucker actually had a lot of company in this tree today. At one point there were three other woodpeckers. They were never all close enough for me to get a good shot, but at least I got these two together. I am not sure if the woodpecker is a hairy or downy, but it is a female since there is no red on the head. My guess is it's a hairy based on the size of the bill.

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Hairy Woodpecker at Suet Feeder

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Nuthatch at Suet Feeder

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Red Bellied Woodpecker Snacking

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Male Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

We haven't seen the female in two days.
We hope she is at the nest.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Nuthatch

Anonymous Colleen @ Wild Bird Country said...

Nice feeder guys! I'll definitely have to stop by your yard to add some birds to my lifelist.

February 21, 2008 at 7:09 PM  

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One Less Finch for the Great Backyard Bird Count



While counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a sharpshined hawk came by and caught a finch in mid-air. He flew to a nearby tree with his prey.

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