The Feeder Feed: back from the cruise edition

Some shots from the Feeder.

The Chickadees were on a cruise, I think.  They are back now, and in large numbers.

I don’t know how they get those sunflower seeds open, but they do.

Still life with flying life.


You can tell it is getting chilly out there, especially in the morning.

Goldfinch alla Puffball.

More than “tuppence a bag”.

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  1. BV says:

    What is the chickadee eating? The only time I have ever spotted chicakdees in my yard is when I have grown sunflowers. Same goes for goldfinches.

  2. AnnAsher says:

    Our chickadees are back too. We have only ever seen one goldfinch.

  3. BV: Chickadees like sunflower seeds. The black sunflower seeds are cheap and have a high oil content, which fuels their energetic day.

  4. wanda says:

    It’s good to see the bird pictures, again. Are those snowflakes flying in the 1st photo? Brrr. Our Chickadees have returned from their cruise, too. Ray looks pretty sharp in his Cardinal red color. Thank you for sharing your birdz, Fr. Z.

  5. benedetta says:

    Agree with Wanda, nice to see the birds, nice to see Ray again.

  6. irishgirl says:

    Agree with wanda and benedetta, nice to see the birds again, too.
    Both Ray the cardinal and the puffball goldfinch have their ‘you lookin’ at ME?’ faces on!
    Had our first substantial (and sticking) snowfall overnight in Upstate NY–hated to drive down my hill this morning! I’m always nervous driving with the first snow on the road.
    On Thanksgiving Eve in 2002, I went too hard around a corner, skidded on the slushy snow, and hit a metal light pole….the green paint from that car can still be seen to this day.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    I might have to leave Malta purely as there are so few birds. I am not sure why. It is illegal to feed the ubiquitous pigeons, and once in awhile one sees warbler-type birds, but on the whole, nary a bird. I have not seen a seagull in six weeks. I suspect the smaller one were eaten centuries ago. People buy little canaries from Southern Africa, and love birds from all over Africa here and put them on their verandas in very small, wooden cages. I find it distressing.

    Thanks for the photos, but makes me homesick. I used to have feeders and my three cats like little television couch potatoes would watch them through the patio doors.

  8. Maxiemom says:

    The cardinals are my favorite. And I’m so glad to see them back at my feeder. Though, I’m not so happy to see the sharp shinned hawk that hangs around the yard looking for victims.

  9. Laura R. says:

    Just curious — is Ray named for Cardinal Burke?

  10. irishgirl says:

    Laura R.,
    Yep. Ray the cardinal at Father Z’s feeder is named for the good Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke in Rome.

  11. Laura R. says:

    irishgirl, thanks!

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