I love watching these 'blooms' because they bring color, whimsy, and lots of delight to my garden. I get a kick out of seeing the birds 'break' standard stereotypes (ie): that many birds we think are not 'snow' birds--are; that many birds we think are not 'feeder' birds--are; that many birds we think are only seasonal--are here year-round; and that many birds we think would never share or 'get along'--really do. Nature never ceases to amaze me. How about you?!
|Tufted Titmouse and Goldfinch (L)|
|Tufted Titmouse and Bluebird|
|American Robin and Pine Siskins|
|L-R: American Robin, Bluebird, House Finch and Goldfinch|
|Pine Siskin and Bluebird|
White-breasted Nuthatch (these come to my feeders, as well)
|male House Finches|
|female House Finches|
|female House Finch with male in background|
|male House Finch (L), Goldfinch and female House Finch (R)|
|male House Finch (R) and Goldfinches|
|male Downy Woodpecker|
|female Downy Woodpecker|
I am not always able to correctly distinguish between the Downy and the Hairy Woodpeckers but I think this is a Downy. The main difference is size, with the Hairy being slightly larger, and the beak of the Hairy being slightly larger in relation to the size of its head. Sometimes they are tough to tell the difference between, especially at a distance!
|male Downy Woodpecker and male Eastern Bluebirds|
Hairy or Downy?
|I'm guessing a female |
|Blue jay and female Cardinal|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker and female House Finch (L)|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker in flight|
|male Cardinal (R) and Carolina Chickadee (L)|
|male Cardinal (R), Carolina Chickadee and Goldfinch (L)|
|female Cardinal and Blue jay|
|American Goldfinches and House Finch (R)|
(As much as I enjoy seeing the hawks, I have to admit that they are usually here to see what's for dinner...and it doesn't involve the feeders). Well, yes it does. But not the 'contents' of the feeders. It's what's 'on the feeders' that the hawks seek out. Am I in some way, guilty of creating a death-trap for tiny birds? Perhaps...but I don't feel it's a bad thing to 'feed the birds'. While I don't enjoy seeing a bird 'captured' I understand the dynamics of 'the circle of life' and feel that it's all just part of the larger picture which is LIFE itself. Feeding the birds in the winter is important to their survival. I also benefit by being able to enjoy their colors and antics.
Today I'm thankful that backyard birds visit me often and provide winter delights when other 'blooms' are sorely lacking.
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