Goldfinch

Alert

A Downy Woodpecker, ever watchful.

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A small motion

This little Black-capped Chickadee startled from the shutter noise, but stayed put and sorted through seeds. I loved the sense of motion in some parts, while the rest was stilled.

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Curse you, scary shutter noise!

The younger Blue Jays are very skittish, and they don’t like shutter noise.

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Beauty Remains

Beauty (yes, I call her Beauty) is still coming to the deck every day. She is remarkably tolerant of me, even when I’m aiming loud shutter noise at her through an open window, roughly 9 feet away from her.  Melanerpes carolinus, female Red-bellied Woodpecker.

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Hanging Out

A male Downy Woodpecker, checking out the suet / other Downys situation on the deck.

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Gold Puff

The Goldfinches are back! And all puffed up, because it is very windy and seriously cold outside.

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Windy

Winds are high and vicious today, 40 to 50mph, which is making it difficult for the birds, but they are trying to get to the food.

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-11 F / -23 C

2015, cold and snowing. Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Bluejay, and Sparrow.

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December

Whatever this time of year means to you, whether it’s White Wine in the Sun or Mulled Wine in Snow, whatever mythology you may (or may not) subscribe to, I hope for all, at this year’s end, the warmth of care, kindness, security and peace, and that those things carry on into the next year, and all those years after that. A Very Merry to one and all.

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How to upset the Bluejays

1) Steal their peanuts. 2) Have the nerve to not be intimidated by them.

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Downys

A male Downy Woodpecker enjoys some suet in the sun before being chased off by the female Downy Woodpecker that was behind him, on one of the pines. (She chased him off right after the shutter click!)

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Early Bird

The Bluejays are always one of the first to arrive at the feeding station.

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