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This morning, on the first day of 2015, many birds came to our back yard, apparently quite hungry as they emptied more than half of our large feeder in just a few hours. There were chicadees, titmice, blue jays, cardinals, juncos, and maybe others as well.

A pretty female cardinal perched on the yellow magnolia tree and looked at me curiously as I took the following shot.

Female cardinal

Female cardinal

Later on, a blue jay landed then took off almost immediately. I barely had time to take this shot.

Blue jay

Blue jay taking off