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Friday, February 8, 2013

At the Feeder

This is our first year feeding the birds over winter and it has given us hours of enjoyment.  After I let the dogs out, I fill up the bird feeder and have my coffee and watch from every room in the house as the birds come to feed.
Common Redpoll visit daily, as do the chickadees, juncos, and goldfinches. 

Less frequent are the pair of cardinals.  It took a few weeks for them to find the feeder and I'm obsessed with taking their picture! They are a shot of colour in our muted palette of winter.
It is tough to get any shots of them because as soon as they see me, they fly off.  I would love to get a photo of them both together, so I'll keep trying!
The male from the kitchen window...
A little competition...
The woodpeckers are bold and we have a small one (this guy...a flicker maybe?) and a bigger one.
The chickadee's will let me get close...this was taken standing about 10 feet from the feeder.

Who doesn't love these little happy birds?  They are like a cup of cheer on a cold winter day!


Val Bindon February 10, 2013 at 8:43 PM  

Absolutely stunning photos of the birds. They really are quite beautiful up close! What is the feed .. suet and corn?

Sheltiedoc February 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM  

Your woodpecker is a downy and likely the bigger one is a hairy- (looks just like the downy but bigger with a slightly longer beak). The males have a little red on the backs of their heads, the females don't. Great shots!

Laureate February 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM  

Thanks for letting me know about the woodpeckers!
Val, I have blocks of suet that has some corn and seeds and I also put out the black sunflower seeds.

Anonymous February 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM  

I love your blog!
I feel for you and the losses you've been through. You have beautiful dogs, I actually have one of Diva's daughters and I love her so much! I check your blog regularly and I'm in awe of the beauty that surrounds you day after day with your scenery, but also the joy that you receive from your wonderful companions. I hope they make your days brighter as time carries on.

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