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Bath Time With The Bluebirds
by Mary Lew Renninger
Palm Coast, FL
PHOTO#3-1MLR

eastern bluebirds bathing

This is a photo of the Bluebirds who live here almost all year in Palm Coast, FL.  Most of the winter it is about 40-60 degrees.  I feed them and provide fresh water constantly.  They eat meal worms and bugs mostly. They have really taken to the birdbath this year and so watching them is quite exciting.  One can almost read their thoughts!

I am an amateur photographer and I love Birds. I even took an Ornithology Course in College and loved it.  Now at 78 I enjoy taking pictures of my birds and love watching them in my yard.
These are some of the pictures I have taken this last month.  Hope you enjoy them.  I use  Coolpix P900 Nikon camera.  It has given me many wonderful pictures.



The Red Head is Feeder Beware!!
by Mary Lew Renninger
Palm Coast, FL
PHOTO#3-2MLR

red-bellied-woodpeckers

Here in Palm Coast, FL I have several Woodpeckers that feed with my little birds. It is interesting to see them interact with each other. He spends time at the suet block which is basically for the song birds.  I also put out peanuts in their shells which he sometimes takes. His colors are brilliant! It is a challenge to catch him at the right time because he seems very cautious.
It is Feb1st here and the temperature is about 60 most of the day. I keep fresh water in the birdbath and he even takes a brief bath sometimes.  He always seems to love it!



Backyard Friend 1
by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa
PHOTO#3-3RR

ruby-throated-hummingbird

Hummingbird Food

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird



Backyard Friend 2
by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa
PHOTO#3-4RR

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Seed Bell Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker



Baltimore Oriole
by Maureen Hopkins

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Windham, Maine
PHOTO#3-5MH

baltimore-oriole-eating-orange

Baltimore Oriole enjoying an orange

in Windham, Maine. June, 2019.



Contemplative Hummingbird
by Maureen Hopkins

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Windham, Maine
PHOTO#3-6MH

ruby-throated-hummingbird-male

Hummingbird in Windham, Maine, June 2019.



Hello
by Angela Vanderski
Mays Landing, NJ
PHOTO#3-7AV

red-bellied-woodpecker

Red-bellied Wookpecker



I See You
by Angela Vanderski
Mays Landing, NJ
PHOTO#3-8AV

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My Red-bellied Wookpecker.

Saying Hello to me.



Grabbing A Quick Bite!
by Mary Ann Igoe
Blackfoot, Idaho
PHOTO#3-9MAI

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Magpie

This photo was taken in Blackfoot, Idaho (USA) on February 3, 2020. On this very windy, cold winter day, I noticed the Magpies were leaping from the ground up to the suet feeder to grab a bite, and would then drop back down. They normally stay on the feeder and chow, but I think the wind was too much. Magpies are resourceful, so they found a way to get the suet regardless of the wind.

I am an amateur photographer and enjoy practicing camera skills with the birds at the feeder.

This photo was taken with a Nikon D500, F5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1000, focal length 155mm, and no flash.



Look At That Tongue!
by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio
PHOTO#3-10MW

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

sticking his tongue in the feeder!



Finch Party!
by Michelle Wittensoldner

New Philadelphia, Ohio
PHOTO#3-11MW

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American Goldfinches

on the feeder.



Hummingbirds!
by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio
PHOTO#3-12MW

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Female & Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

at the feeder.



What A Beauty!
by C. E. Jones
Deltona, Florida
PHOTO#3-13CEJ

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Female Painted Bunting

What a surprise to discover a painted bunting on our feeder!  Though the male is the one that grabs all the attention, I have to confess this female is quite a stunner!



Take Time To Eat!
by Edward Surette
Netcong, NJ
PHOTO#3-14ES

bluejay-on-tray-feeder

Bluejay

Bluejay feeding on my deck. I have 3 pairs eating sunflower seeds being taken through a window with a 500mm lens. Sometimes as many as 40 birds at and around the feeder.



Light Up My Colors!
by Edward Surette
Netcong, NJ
PHOTO#3-15ES

european-starling

European Starling

When Starlings come they eat everything, and they fight too. If there are bugs in my yard, going, going, gone! Get bird seed and enjoy the show.



A Pose For The Camera!
by Edward Surette
Netcong, NJ
PHOTO#3-16ES

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House Finch

A House Finch on my deck by the feeder. They like sunflower seeds, and if I run out they come to my window and say where is the bird seed. I live in town and the bear likes seeds too, so new feeders. Let the show go on!



Sharing!
by Bette
New Ashford, Ma
PHOTO#3-17B

oriole and hummingbird dining together

Male Baltimore Oriole & Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird and Oriole sharing a sugar water sip in New Ashford, Ma. Spring of 2019.



Welcome To My Tiny House!
by C. E. Jones
Deltona, Florida
PHOTO#3-18CEJ

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Mourning Dove

This tiny feeder is usually occupied by our smaller birds... except when this big ‘ole Mourning Dove  (who happens to have a very good sense of balance) takes up residency!



3 Amigos!
by Gary Brockman
Des Moines, IA
PHOTO#3-19GB

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3 Male Baltimore Orioles

3 Male Baltimore Orioles, enjoying Welch's Natural Grape Spread, from a Birds Choice Oriole Feeder.



Hey I'm Trying to Eat Here!
by Gary Brockman
Des Moines, IA
PHOTO#3-20GB

rose-breasted-grosbeak

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Enjoying some Safflower Seeds



Hey I'm a Hummingbird!
by Gary Brockman
Des Moines, IA
PHOTO#3-21GB

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Male Baltimore Oriole

Enjoying a Sweet Drink!



Was It Something I Said?
by C. E. Jones
Deltona, FL
PHOTO#3-22CEJ

sandhill-crane-at-bird-feeder

Sandhill Crane

Other birds tend to scatter when these guys show up at the feeder.



Carolina Wren Ready to Fly
by Lonestar North
Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO#3-23LN

carolina-wren

Carolina Wren
My resident Carolina wren is perched on an open platform feeder.  I dedicate some feeders to specific seeds but this one is a mixture buffet of peanuts, corn, sunflower hearts and millet.  The mix allows for many different birds to enjoy.  This Carolina Wren looks surprised by my presence.



Blue Jay with Peanut Trouble!
by Lonestar North
Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO#3-24LN

blue-jay-with-peanut

Blue Is Eating Peanuts

Blue Jay on a circular wire peanut feeder.
The Blue Jays love peanuts and I enjoy watching them tackle this particular style of feeder. They can get very creative in their approach.



Downys At Dinner
by Lonestar North
Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO#3-25LN

downy-woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker On A Suet Log Feeder

This adult is feeding the juvenile a morsel of my homemade peanut butter suet.
I really like the natural look of this feeder which attracts many varieties of birds.



Love Watching
by Lorie Oneil
Ogallala, NE
PHOTO#3-26LO

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Love Watching

Cardinal, Goldfinch & Others



Big Bird and Cardinal
by Lorie Oneil
Ogallala, NE
PHOTO#3-27LO

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Big Bird and Cardinal



The Birds From My Back Window
by Lorie Oneil
Ogallala, NE
PHOTO#3-28LO

cat-on-arbor

The Birds From My Back Window



Black-capped Dee with Yoda:)
by Jason Novak
Newburyport, MA
PHOTO#3-29JN

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The Black-capped Chickadee

Seeing as it's National Bird Feeding Month, I thought I would do a series of photos at my bird garden here in New England.
The Black-capped Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse are the majority I have here, and many others too:))
The Black-Cap Dees are so kind. They eat out of my hand every day.  Here I am feeding them their absolute fav... black oil sunflower seeds.



Just a Moment in Time,
Breath Before Moment
by Jason Novak
Newburyport, MA
PHOTO#3-30JN

breath-before-moment

Tufted Titmouse



Downy for the Ride
by Jason Novak
Newburyport, MA
PHOTO#3-31JN

downy-woodpecker-riding-truck

Downy Woodpecker

Sir Downy frequents my bird garden several times a day. I have never had Sir Downy feed from my hand like the Chickadees and the Titmouse. At the same time, this friendly woodpecker is not scared that I am close by. The Hairy Woodpecker and Red-Bellied Woodpecker do not hang around when I am close. I am fascinated by the sounds of the woodpecker wings, very distinct!

Also, one of my favorite facts..."It may seem strange for a woodpecker's tongue to wrap around its skull, but this adaptation serves a far greater purpose than simple storage. The muscles of the tongue actually help insulate a woodpecker's brain from the shock of repeated pecks, decreasing its chances of developing serious brain injuries. The woodpecker's tongue basically acts as a helmet, holding everything in place and absorbing the force from each peck."




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