The Feeder Feed: New Arrival Edition

It is great to see the first of some species of bird returning from its winter digs.

More on that later.

I haven’t shown you anything from the feeder lately, despite the fact that they eat here because of your donations.

Here are a few shots.

Red-Breasted Woodpecker with a peanut making get away.

Not to be outdone…

Cardinal Ray like safflower seeds, which I am now out of.

Meanwhile, there was a spooky mist in the forest.  Be not afeared.

Back to the point of this entry.  The new arrival.

When I was on the porch enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, I heard him, her, dunno, singing away like crazy and recognized the song instantly.  But I couldn’t spot it.

In I went for the camera.

My patience was rewarded when the newcomer chose the top of a nearby tree for its next bit of noise.

Behold, the fearsome Robin.

I am sure to get a better shot soon.

Remember the deadly Robin with the worm from a couple years ago?

Feed the birds.  It’s more than tuppence a bag.

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  1. New Sister says:

    I love the killer Robin! as a kid, one of my favorite ’45 records was “When the red red robin comes bob bob bobing along” :-)

  2. acardnal says:

    One things I enjoy about this blog having followed it for less than one year is Fr. Z’s eclectic posts from the liturgy (primary theme), to politics, to cooking, to birds. Thanks Father Z for the variety.

  3. acardnal says:

    “One of the things . . . . .” Mind is faster than fingers.

  4. wanda says:

    Ah, the Feeder Feed returns. A favorite of mine. I’ve been hearing the Robins for the last couple of days here in MD. Thanks, Fr. Z. – we need some beauty in our lives.

    Speaking of MD, please for prayers as we gear up for a petition drive to get the same-sex marriage law on the ballot in November. So the people can say ‘Oh, no you don’t!’

  5. AnAmericanMother says:

    Mr. & Mrs. Red Tail Hawk have set up housekeeping in a tall pine tree just across the street from our house. They are at the top of the food chain, they know it, and they think nothing of swooping across our yard at head-height without a care in the world. Drives the dogs crazy. Also frightens all the song birds half out of their wits.
    My youngest Lab brought me a dead woodpecker, held very delicately in her mouth, and delivered it gently to hand. Seemed to think I could revive it and watched me anxiously to see what I would do (we have managed to save the occasional stunned bird that hit the kitchen windows). Unfortunately the poor thing was extremely dead. Too bad, and Katy was disappointed.

  6. Charles E Flynn says:

    May your camera never attract this kind of attention.

  7. rcg says:

    Fr, I second the crdnl’s sentiment on your eclecticism.

    We have hawks that nest in our neighbourhood and are always hopeful they will return to our little wooded acre. Last year a nesting pair worked for a bit in a tree, then moved next door. We were slightly offended, even though they were only a hundred feet away. Later that month the tree they had been inspecting fell in a storm, it had been rotten in the centre. How did they know? I suppose God shows to those who will see.

  8. filioque says:

    Glad to meet Cardinal Ray. George Cardinal Pell has been singing in front of my house in Washington, DC, for more than a week. I named him that several years ago when His
    Eminence visited here and said he wished he could take home one old those wonderful red birds.

  9. Supertradmum says:

    Wow, this is great to see all these birds. I am jealous. I am seeing wood pigeons, crows, sbbs (small brown birds of no description) and seagulls.

  10. JonPatrick says:

    Here in Central Mass the finches have returned and the lawn is populated with a dozen or so robins patrolling for worms, so spring cannot be too far away!

  11. irishgirl says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot of songs from the cardinals, as well as other birds that are coming back from their winter (some winter) destinations. Have also seen and heard the honking of the goose formations as well.
    Spring is coming very soon!
    Thanks for the pictures of your resident birdies, Father Z!
    You certainly got a great closeup of the ‘killer robin’-pretty gross with the worm, though!
    I ‘echo’ the goldfinch’s reaction: Blech, indeed!

  12. amsjj1002 says:

    So glad to see Cardinal Ray again. I was thinking of him this morning!

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