Yesterday was day 1 of Cornell’s Bird Feeder Watch. I think it runs four days. I didn’t watch yesterday. I had too much other stuff going on, but this morning, I did my first 1-hour watch and this is what I saw starting at 12:15pm:

7 little Goldfinch all clustered in the flat feeder
1 Red-Bellied Woodpecker eating suet at the wood feeder
1 Cardinal (male)
5 Blue Jays (at the same time on deck and in flat feeder)
3 White-Black Nuthatches
1 Hairy Woodpecker (suet)
1 Downy Woodpecker (other suet — we have three suet bars up)
2 European sparrows
3 Tufted Titmouses
1 Cardinal (female)

1 really big Nuthatch
1 tiny Goldfinch
15 Mourning Doves (at the same time on deck and in flat feeder)

That was just under an hour, but when it ended, they were gone. They will now come and go, pairs and individuals and later they will all be back. Meanwhile, I have other things to do until I have my next hour of watching.

I was glad that the Grackles picked right NOW to move on because otherwise, all I would have had to report would have been Grackles. Lots and lots of them.

Male Cardinal in scarlet
Lady Cardinal and friendly House Finch

The Grackles are gone. Not merely not on the deck or in a feeder, but I don’t even see them in the trees. I think they have finally moved on. It doesn’t mean they won’t be back. I’m sure they will be back but hopefully, not immediately.

Goldfinch on the bracket

All those Goldfinch — including the one that was really tiny — looked like babies and all in their winter feathers, which isn’t that bright yellow. It’s closer to almost an olive green.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

And then, for no reason I could see, everything took wing and left, though I could see many of them in the tree around the deck.

Tufted Titmouse
Mourning Doves

I’ll do another hour’s watch around 3:30 or 4 which is their next major eating period. They eat like we two, usually three times a day. Early just as I’m getting up to go the bathroom, the around the middle of the day — noon or half past noon. And finally, around early bird 🐦 dinner which, like restaurants for seniors, is about 4 in the afternoon. A few linger later, but those three periods are when the most birds show up.

Blue Jays

For reasons I’m unsure of, we have a great many doves. They like to come and clean all the seeds off the deck. On a good day, they completely clear all the seeds the other birds didn’t like and kicked out of the feeders. They also love the cracked corn we throw down on the lawn below the deck but I can’t see them from the kitchen, so they aren’t part of my count.

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7 replies

  1. More stunning images from your feathered friends, Marilyn. We were thrilled last week to have a great spotted woodpecker appear on our nut feeder for the first time, and he’s come back every day since. We feel honoured.


  2. Beautiful photos Marilyn


  3. the restaurant is expanding, mother nature smiles, cheers


  4. The Red-Bellied Woodpecker has to be the clearest photo ever. What a beautiful snap, Marilyn.


    • Thank you!

      With birds, whether you get a super sharp one or a blurry one has more to do with the bird than with the photographer. The woodpeckers (all of them) are the birds who are most likely to remain stationary for an extended period. They are not afraid of other birds, even much bigger birds because they are very strong for their size and they have powerful beaks. When they get busy eating, whether it’s in a feeder or a tree, they don’t leave until they are finished. Other birds, especially the finches (including Cardinals, who are finches too) like to flutter around, pushing each other off the feeders. I’m never sure if they are playing or fighting and no matter how often I ask, they never answer me.

      That woodpecker was clinging to the feeder for close to an hour, so I had a great opportunity to actually get him in focus. And for once, it wasn’t raining, snowing, AND the sun wasn’t refracting off the window or lens.

      I have a very difficult shooting arrangement here — shooting through small glass windows in a French door. It’s tricky, to say the least. I’m getting a new window in the kitchen in the spring and hopefully, that will help. I’m always amazed when the pictures come out sharp. It’s rare.

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      • Your bird photos are great–I love seeing the variety you have–what variety! Bring on the new window!!


        • I’m really hoping the new window gives me some unbroken room to shoot. If I had known how much I’d need windows on that wall, I’d never have gotten a French door. It was a really bad idea on several levels. It looks nice, but otherwise, it’s not practical on many levels. It can be hard to foresee what life will bring. I wish I’d seen ahead.


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