The Feeder Feed

The Chickadees and the Nuthatches are firmly in control these days, but there is a strong contingent of various finches.

Here are some male House Finches.

There are many Goldfinches, scrabbling on the ground right now for their favorite black nyger seed (I haven’t filled their seed socks for a while).

Also, as it gets colder, they are poking around at the high fat suet.

Nuthatches like to be upside down… a lot.

The Finches like to scope things out before zooming down to the feeder.

The Missus.

The Chickadees like the black sunflower seeds.  They grab one and usually fly off with it to a nearby branch or perch near one of the feeders.  They hammer away at it until they get the seed out.  Sometimes they do their prying hammering thing right at the feeder itself.

These guys can really eat.

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  1. gloriainexcelsis says:

    It’s getting colder here in the Sierra foothills and my feeders are getting plenty of action. I get a kick out of the antics of scrub jays and acorn woodpeckers. Both use my hulled peanut feeder, and both try to beat each other to the chow. The woodpeckers take one nut at a time to poke into an oak tree. The jays cram as many as they can get into their craw before flying off. The towhees are back, as are juncos, crowned sparrows and chickadees. I have the same finch populations year-round. I even saw a lazuli bunting the other day, rare around here. The Anna’s hummingbirds stay through the winter, so I have to be sure to keep nectar for them now that the plants are not supplying much. If my flocks keep getting bigger, I may have to start asking for donations myself! Gotta love ’em.

  2. Shmikey says:

    I saw a few Juncos yesterday in the barn, a sign that winter is close at hand for us. Chickadees are not shy and I have seen them eating walnuts out of peoples hands.

  3. I love these pictures! Thank you.

  4. PatrickV says:

    The little fellows are looking well fed and sassy. I hope that they do well in the coming winter.

    We have a Great Blue Heron that frequents a pond near here. Many tasty fish to spear and feast upon.

    Poor thing looked wet and cold today. Very rainy and windy. He simply stood by the path and would not budge as we walked by. Gave us a look of resignation. Usually he takes off and flies to the other side of the pond. Winds were gusting to almost fifty here in Charlotte, and I guess a heron is not a fan of fast moving air. The ducks on the other hand are flying around like rockets.

  5. PatrickV: We had here a Blue Heron which systematically ate the Sabine Fish from Sabine Pond.

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