Talk about hard choices! I excluded all the birds on feeders because there are too many to choose from. I also excluded woodpeckers working on a tree because that isn’t perching. I knew I wanted to included Garry’s shot of the Osprey, even though I had a lot of cropping to do before you could really see him. And, finally, I looked for anything that was really kind of cute. And here they all are.
All of these birds are either regulars along the New England coastline and rivers, or are garden birds. I am thoroughly annoyed by our endless flock of Cowbirds. Yesterday, though, they got at least a bit of a comeuppance when they tried to tangle with one of the big Red-Belied Woodpeckers.
Birds don’t mess with the woodpeckers. They are sturdy and have long beaks that can penetrate oak trees. Just think what they could do with your skull.