Saturday, March 10, 2012

Late Winter Visitors

   The activity level at the feeders is  growing as the  migrating birds start returning.

Many of these birds have been here all winter, however.
It was so windy this morning the mourning dove needed to stay fluffed up for warmth

There is always a pair of cardinals living in the spruce trees.  

The nuthatches really love the suet.

So do the woodpeckers

 We have Downy  and Ladderback Woodpeckers visiting daily. We won't see the Pileated Woodpeckers until later summer when they come to eat the crabapples.  They are around - we just never see them.

 I am curious about our blue jays.  For the past few years, we have had anywhere from 6 - 9 living around the house and frequenting the feeder.  This year I have only seen one, and it is very skittish.  I wonder if the local cat or raccoon population has somehow scared/killed them? (Do raccoons kill birds or am I laying possible blame on an innocent species?
The house finches are a treat with their subtle flash of colour

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