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A Sweet Goldfinch

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This Goldfinch was the lone bird at my neighbor’s tray feeder.  By the way, I believe the bird is a hen.  It was a windy morning so I did not see many songbirds at all other than the finch and an all-too-quick male Northern Cardinal that escaped before I could get its picture taken.

My neighbor had a triple feeder set-up which is very good as it offers a variety of different seeds and feed to suit the needs of different birds.  Some love Niger, and some love Sunflower while still others like Milo.  The finch loves the Niger and also the Milo.  Some also will take broken sunflower seeds. I took the pictures on Dec. 18, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Waterfowl Taking Advantage of the Bird Feeder!

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The geese are so smart that they have learned to bump the bird feeder pole and get a shower of tasty seeds to fall to the ground.  Here at the little neighborhood park lake which is a residential lake as well, the waterfowl have all learned to take advantage of certain bird feeders for some extra chow!

I don’t know if the owners know the true reason for the waterfowl crowd being in their yard, but it is a interesting situation to observe.  Poor squirrels may be getting a bad rap!  Ha!  Who can say?  I do know that the Canada Geese, Florida Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Double Crested Cormorants, and the Egyptian Geese sure love pecking up the bits of bird food scattered around the shoreline backyard!  I took these pictures this last weekend.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Northern Cardinals

Probably a hen Northern Cardinal but perhaps a juvenile male

Probably a hen Northern Cardinal but perhaps a juvenile male

A family of Northern Cardinal birds has made its home in the shrubbery along my street here recently.  The neighbor’s bird feeder and bird bath are big draws for a lot of songbirds now.  It has been hot and stormy so the birds like to grab a snack and cool off in that inviting bird bath water.

The cardinals eat seeds and sometimes enjoy an insect or two but mostly are seed and nut eating birds.  A more distant neighbor on the next street over has a small flower garden with a couple of Sunflowers that are now blooming.  The birds are really going to go wild over that!  So many lovely little songbirds now.  I am enjoying getting to do some bird watching in between thunderstorms!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal Male

Northern Cardinal Male

 

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinal - likely a hen but possibly a juvenile male

Northern Cardinal – likely a hen but possibly a juvenile male

Northern Cardinal Hen

Northern Cardinal Juvenile Male

Woodpeckers on Wednesday

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a hen Downy Woodpecker, were spotted in my huge old Live Oaks a few days ago on a cloudy morning.  The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are a young pair that is in the process of building their first home.  There has been a lot of pecking and drilling going on.

It has been raining here off and on for the last four days.  I have noticed that woodpeckers are active in damp weather as the moist bark is easier to chip away for building a home and for uncovering any insects or grubs in the tree bark.  I love woodpeckers and am quite happy to have two or three here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

 

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor's feeder

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor’s feeder

A Flock of Goldfinches

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A  flock of Goldfinches arrived several days ago here in my neighborhood.  Our neighbor across the street here has recently put up a bird feeding station with great success, and another family behind them also has a feeder (the blue feeder shown).

The Goldfinches and other songbirds just love the Sunflower Seeds, a “Finch sock”, Dried Meal Worms, and a Suet block that are available at that neighbor’s feeder station.  The finches love the “Finch sock”, and the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.  I think the small birds also like the tray feeder a lot.

These are the first Goldfinches I have spotted here in my new neighborhood.  I think they are a migratory flock just passing through and resting here a few days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Mischief!

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The Grey Squirrels here really have been well-behaved until recently.  I think the recent spate of mischief is happening because there is a lot of competition for the foods between the birds and lizards and squirrels.  I have started noticing that one (or more) of the squirrels have learned the old trick of getting onto the neighbor’s bird feeder!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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Sweet Songbirds

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and Tufted Titmice have been here in the last couple of days.  My neighbor has a bird feeder up and that is a big draw now for these songbirds.  There also has been newly seen squirrel interest in that feeder but that is another story.

These little birds are enjoying Millet and Sunflower Seeds from the bird feeders as well as a variety of naturally growing Fall berries and seeds here.  The Northern Cardinals, Chickadees,and Carolina Wrens also eat small insects and are having a great time finding caterpillars and other goodies around in this neighborhood.  I took these pictures on Oct. 4, 2014 and again on Oct. 5, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

 

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

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