SATURDAY BIRDS – Marilyn Armstrong

I cannot help myself. There are birds, there is a camera, there are windows.

Incoming warbler and Hairy Woodpecker

And, I filled the feeder yesterday and I was curious to see if the birds sense that I had downgraded the mix from ultra super fancy to “value feeder.”

Painting of a Hairy Woodpecker
Hello, fans! I’m a warbler. Want to guess which warbler?

Answer? Not so you’d notice. I was actually at the window taking pictures of pocket watches and realized I was going to have to hold the watch and shoot with the other hand because the only spare surface near the window was now outside, my having dragged it there yesterday in my short but womanly attempt to get the bird feeder down to a level at which I could fill it.

Big bird, little birds
Delicious seeds!

I was so exhausted by the time I finished filling the feeder, I didn’t have the strength of character to drag the small table back inside. Also, it was raining, so it isn’t coming in until it dries off — whenever that might be.

The good side of a Hairy Woodpecker
A warbler and a woodpecker. Note the size difference!

And as I was putting away The Good Camera, I realized “Ooh, look, there’s a Hairy Woodpecker.” I’m pretty sure it is a Hairy Woodpecker because he seems to have a longer beak.

Looking up?
One Chickadee and two Warblers

If you weren’t clear on the size difference between the usual feeders at the unending trough, seeing the woodpeckers and warblers together on the feeder makes it really clear.

I got one with a warbler flying in for a quick nibble. Special!

Drawing – One Woodpecker

Until the woodpeckers stand next to each other, the best I can do it guess which is which. The only difference between a Hairy and a Downy is their overall size and beak length. A big Downy and a small Hairy look exactly the same. I’m not sure the difference isn’t some kind of internal birding joke.

I have decided the birds think our feeders are a trap. Because they up and fly off even just seeing me through the doors.

Three (the third is in the back) little birds

If they really think it’s a trap, they should eat less. They are definitely plump and perfect for stuffing. With a sprig of parsley.

I took pictures. It’s what I do.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

25 thoughts on “SATURDAY BIRDS – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I had to buy food yesterday, bu can no longer manage the king sized pack, so got two medium, they are easier to manage.mineillnhabe to look at your photos later, they are taking a time to load on my iPad


    1. I rarely get them in the air, but we must be the only people in the area with a feeder. We have hundreds of birds all over the property. They sit in the trees waiting for their turn at the feeder. We must be the only free buffet in town!

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  2. Beautiful Pictures – and you seem to have found the right technique?

    I thought they might have been getting ‘used’ to you but it seems you are just being sneakier? 😉

    Keep it up! 🙂


  3. Such wonderful captures Marilyn- isn’t it a great hobby? I can never get enough of watching them. Pouring rain here today, so no birdies around. Glad it’s rain and not snow- it is December! 🙂


    1. It’s raining and they are chowing down anyway. My son came by and said there were dozens of birds waiting in the driveway, apparently lining up for dinner. It never crossed my mind that we ARE the only free food in town, but I think maybe we are.

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    1. Actually, as far as I can tell, it’s three very similar, but not exactly the same, woodpeckers. There’s one immature kid, a lady, and the guy. He’s the one with the red cap. Two seem to be Hairy and the little one a downy, but there’s really no difference between them except for 1″ in size — and a big downy is identical to a smaller hairy. Until they line up in size places, I just make my best guess.

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