I took the following photos in 2015 on the 11th of February. Today, going through my archives and seeing them, I am surprised I had not posted them at that time.
Throughout most of this year I have been neglecting the small birds that live in the woods behind our house and frequent our bird feeder. They have become regulars, at least as long as I remember to refill when the feeder is empty. Today, the last day of 2015, I put out a tray of roasted peanuts as a special treat for them. They seemed to love it. As of two hours ago all the peanuts were gone. However, photos of the birds remain for us to enjoy.
Woodpeckers also showed up, but the following female ignored the peanuts and climbed up toward the regular bird feeder.
Happy New Year and the best of everything to all of you in 2016!
Hummingbirds are very small but they move around so fast that up to now I have not been able to see where they go after they fly away. The photo below shows how most of us see these birds.
However, yesterday I saw one fly to a nearby oak tree and perch on a branch.
To give you an idea how small it is, here’s a shot of a female House Finch at about the same distance.
Or, how about a Nuthatch and a Goldfinch for comparison?
These are my submissions for this challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/inspiration/
The sources of my inspiration of course vary with the season and the location, but over time they tend to be mostly birds and flowers.
I took the following shot last month at my favorite location, the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. It was raining so I took the picture through the open car window and the rain.
A Nuthatch and Cardinal were perched on our bird feeder.
The Nuthatch made many trips, each time flying away with a sunflower seed.
Next a Downy Woodpecker did the same thing, under the benign eyes of His Eminence.
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker displaced the Cardinal, but that did not seem to bother the Air Woodpecker pilot.
Two days ago, I again hung out our squirrel-proof feeder after I had rebuilt its inside. For two days no bird showed up! It could have been the result of the storm which dumped 5 inches of snow on us. Or did the birds give up on us and moved away?
Today, at about lunch time, I looked out and all the birds were back, from cardinals to woodpeckers. A squirrel also investigated, but gave up in less than a minute.
I know the bird feeder looks “war-ravaged”, but its innards are brand new and work perfectly. After the woodpecker got her seed, she flew to a nearby oak branch to work on it.
Meanwhile, from our yellow magnolia tree, a nuthatch eyed the feeder before flying there for a quick snatch.
In addition to cardinals and blue jays, smaller birds inhabit our backyard and the woods behind us. These birds are colorful, but somewhat shy and not easy to photograph as they never stay still for very long. A bird feeder and seeds spread around do help in attracting them.
Our backyard feeder has been very busy lately because the birds are trying to get as much food as they can before flying to warmer places. That leads to frequent scenes of fierce competition if not outright fighting among the birds. Here are two scenes of nuthatches defending their feeding perch.
As usual, click on each image to see it in full size.