Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it's been a busy week with Thanksgiving coming up so we haven't been doing too much birding. And, with the days getting shorter, we have almost no time during the week. We always scan the backyard when we get home but usually there's not a lot of activity (or daylight). But, we still see signs of birdie visits (empty feeders, no suet) so we know they are still with us. Tomorrow, we will give them a little extra so that they can enjoy a feast, too!

Here are a few photos that we have been lucky enough to grab this week. We hope you enjoy the picture and wish wish everyone a great Thanksgiving!

The Black-Capped Chickadees are visiting more and more.

The are coming in bigger groups, too.

The Sharp-Shinned Hawks are still visiting frequently. We see signs of them, too. After one of their visits there are sometimes feeders laying on the ground (we assume this is because they are using their "bumping" technique).

The Cooper's Hawks still like to swing by, too.

Waiting ever so patiently for a bird to happen by.

The Pine Siskin numbers have dwarfed all the other finches we get, but there is still quite a few Lesser and American Goldfinches hanging around. The Lessers stay with us all year long!

Siskins and Lessers sharing a dinner table.

The Squirrel and the Scrub-Jay.

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Sandy said...

Enjoyed the photos. Have a happy thanksgiving.

Stephanie said...

Hi, hope you both had a Happy Thanksgiving! Beautiful pics, as always!

April said...

Great pictures of the Downy Woodpeckers and their courting? behavior! Last week when two Downy Woodpeckers (male and female) came to the feeders here, they had something similar going on although not as intensive. They chased each other through the trees, and when one caught up to the other it would start all over again. I thought it looked exactly like "love was in the air". But I was sure I was mistaken. They both came to the feeders that day but separately - the male first, then after he left, the female arrived. I've seen the male many times before at the feeders but never the female.