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More snow is forecasted for several days next week, but today the snow that felt two weeks ago has melted almost completely. To help out our backyard feathered friends, I put out sunflower seeds and roasted peanuts for them. Many came out, and they did not mind me taking their pictures, even with the patio door partially open.

Northern Cardinal holding sunflower seed in its beak.

Northern Cardinal holding sunflower seed in its beak.

Tufted Titmouse with roasted peanut.

Tufted Titmouse with roasted peanut.

Downy Woodpecker looking toward bird feeder. He did not like peanuts and went for the sunflower seeds.

Downy Woodpecker looking toward bird feeder. He did not like peanuts and went for the sunflower seeds.

A pair of Blue JaysΒ flew in, each grabbing several peanuts at a time.

Blue Jay eyeing peanuts.

Blue Jay eyeing peanuts.

Blue Jay stuffing peanuts in its throat pouch, perhaps to take back to nest.

Blue Jay stuffing peanuts in its throat pouch, perhaps to take back to nest.

Blue Jay gorging on peanuts.

Blue Jay gorging on peanuts.

Blue Jay: I can always fit one more down there.

Blue Jay: I can always fit one more down there.

Blue Jay with last peanut before taking off.

Blue Jay with last peanut before taking off.

Within less than an hour, the birds had finished half a box of peanuts!

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