Friday, December 12, 2008

long, winter nights

Here are some more photos from last weekend. You can bet that we are going to take a buncha, buncha pics this weekend, especially if it snows!! It doesn't sound like it supposed to get above 32 degrees until Thursday or even possibly Friday. Brrrrrrrrrr.


A hungry Cooper's Hawk sitting on our back fence. The feeder sat between she and I, so I thought "what the heck" and took the pic. As soon as I stepped around the feeder to take more photos, she took off. They are much more skittish than the Sharp-Shinned Hawks.


A Northern Flicker deciding to eat some black-oil sunflower seed instead of his usual suet. Variety is good!


Lessers, Lessers everywhere. The Lesser Goldfinches have really increased their numbers lately. We'll see if they stick with us through this arctic blast we are getting!


The Scrub-Jays are really hitting the suet hard. Much higher fat content (not to mention that it's chock-full of nuts) makes for happy Jays!


This is what a Pine Siskin looks like when it's 35 degrees and windy. He stayed there, fluffed out, for a while then flew to a feeder. I kept an eye on him to make sure that he wasn't showing signs that he was sick. He didn't seem to be at all. Just a chilly, little Siskin.

The Steller's Jays are increasing in number, too. They are also getting pushier and not scaring off so easily. Good for them!

Such great patterns on their feathers!

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3 comments:

ramblingwoods said...

Nice series of the birds..love the flicker..

NW Nature Nut said...

It's nice to see your more frequent posts! Put on your wool socks, it's gonna get cold!

Heather said...

Nice photos. I didn't know Jays ate suet. I've been trying to attract Blue Jays with peanuts, but I don't think I have quite the right feeder for them. I love your photos of the Stellars and Scrub Jays. I'd really LOVE to see both of those in person some time, but photos will have to do for now. Thanks, as always, for sharing yours.