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Blue Jay with Peanut Trouble! by Lonestar North Fort Worth, TX PHOTO#3-24LN
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.
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Downy for the Ride by Jason Novak Newburyport, MA PHOTO#3-31JN
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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Grabbing A Quick Bite! by Mary Ann Igoe Blackfoot, Idaho PHOTO#3-9MAI
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.
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Feeding The Finch by Peggy Yaeger Corbin, KY PHOTO#3-39PY
While staying with friends in Blanchester, Ohio, I enjoyed watching the birds at their feeder each morning while drinking my coffee. This bright yellow goldfinch seemed to enjoy the variety of seeds and mealworm that were provided.
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Bath Time With The Bluebirds by Mary Lew Renninger
Palm Coast, FL PHOTO#3-1MLR
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
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
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Backyard Friend 2 by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa PHOTO#3-4RR
Seed Bell Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker
Baltimore Oriole by Maureen Hopkins
Windham, Maine PHOTO#3-5MH
Baltimore Oriole enjoying an orange
in Windham, Maine. June, 2019.
Contemplative Hummingbird by Maureen Hopkins
Windham, Maine PHOTO#3-6MH
Hummingbird in Windham, Maine, June 2019.
Hello by Angela Vanderski Mays Landing, NJ PHOTO#3-7AV
I See You by Angela Vanderski Mays Landing, NJ PHOTO#3-8AV
My Red-bellied Wookpecker.
Saying Hello to me.
Look At That Tongue! by Michelle Wittensoldner New Philadelphia, Ohio PHOTO#3-10MW
sticking his tongue in the feeder!
Finch Party! by Michelle Wittensoldner New Philadelphia, Ohio PHOTO#3-11MW
on the feeder.
Hummingbirds! by Michelle Wittensoldner New Philadelphia, Ohio PHOTO#3-12MW
Female & Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
at the feeder.
What A Beauty! by C. E. Jones Deltona, Florida PHOTO#3-13CEJ
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Enjoying some Safflower Seeds
Hey I’m a Hummingbird! by Gary Brockman Des Moines, IA PHOTO#3-21GB
Male Baltimore Oriole
Enjoying a Sweet Drink!
Was It Something I Said? by C. E. Jones Deltona, FL PHOTO#3-22CEJ
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 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.
Downys At Dinner by Lonestar North Fort Worth, TX PHOTO#3-25LN
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
Cardinal, Goldfinch & Others
Big Bird and Cardinal by Lorie Oneil Ogallala, NE PHOTO#3-27LO
Big Bird and Cardinal
The Birds From My Back Window by Lorie Oneil Ogallala, NE PHOTO#3-28LO
The Birds From My Back Window
Black-capped Dee with Yoda:) by Jason Novak Newburyport, MA PHOTO#3-29JN
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
Offspring Feeding Time by Ronnie Schecter Asheville, NC PHOTO#3-32RS
This photo was taken in my side yard where I have 3-5 feeders out at any one time.
Caught this picture of a male bluebird feeding two youngsters. Felt so lucky to catch them at that exact moment!
The One that Got Away by Ronnie Schecter Asheville, NC PHOTO#3-33RS
This is a White-breasted Nuthatch, feeding as it typically does, upside down. Seems like he either threw the seed away or lost it along the way!
Loving The Warmer Days by Vicki SW Oregon PHOTO#3-34V
Five’s A Crowd by Carol Manglos-Foster Onemo, VA PHOTO#3-35CMF
This is a photo of 5 Goldfinches in winter colors at our niger feeder.
Male Cardinal Taking A Bath by Erika Gossett Cleburne, TX PHOTO#3-36EG
Male Northern Cardinal
He is enjoying hid bath.
Male Cardinal Feeding Baby by Erika Gossett Cleburne, TX PHOTO#3-37EG
Male Northern Cardinal
Feeding a youth.
Female Cardinal At The Feeder by Erika Gossett Cleburne, TX PHOTO#3-38EG
Female Northern Cardinal
Tasty Treat by Peggy Yaeger Corbin, KY PHOTO#3-40PY
This red-bellied woodpecker was enjoying a late lunch at the bird feeding station in Highland Heights in Northern Kentucky. I am lucky to find many different kinds of birds at this spot.
Red-bellied Beauty by Peggy Yaeger Corbin, KY PHOTO#3-41PY
I was visiting a good friend in London, KY in late afternoon after she had just refilled her bird feeder in the front yard. We had a great time watching all the varieties of birds visiting, especially this red-bellied woodpecker. He was balancing on the side of the feeder and was curving his body to reach the seeds. The red patch on his belly and on his head were very noticeable from this angle.
Grumpy, Unhappy Cooper’s Hawk by Tom Ferguson Pahrump, NV
Grumpy, Unhappy Cooper’s Hawk
Finds Ice In His Bath Water
I have a resident Cooper’s Hawk that comes quite regularly to the critter water tub and takes a sometimes very long bath. Usually about 45 min to an hour. I must have 500 photos of this guy taken over the past year. These photos were taken Feb 12th. I had gone out and busted the think layer of ice but the pieces were still floating on the surface. He sat there for about 15 minutes, just thinking about it. Then he jumped in. This is a 3 photo series.
Sandy’s Backyard Friend by Sandy Daley Dallas, Pa PHOTO#3-45SD
Red-bellied Woodpecker Leaving Suet Cage
Another Of Sandy’s Backyard Friends by Sandy Daley Dallas, Pa PHOTO#3-46SD
American Goldfinch Landing On A Sunflower
Starling Chasing Off A Woodpecker by Sandy Daley Dallas, Pa PHOTO#3-47SD
Starling Chasing Off A Woodpecker
Feed Frenzy by Laurel Jones Monte Lake, BC PHOTO#3-48LJ
Red-winged Blackbird Feeding Frenzy
Blackbirds But No Pie by Laurel Jones Monte Lake, BC PHOTO#3-49LJ
Red-winged Blackbird But No Pie
I’m so Confused by Cathy Allen Sarasota, FL PHOTO#3-50CA
Male Painted Bunting
This male painted bunting was scared by a Hawk and hit my window. He couldn’t fly for several minutes afterwards. He let me pick him up and put him in the feeder. Eventually recovered from his near miss with death and is back eating with the 5 other male and female Painted Buntings.
Elusive Bushy Tailed Bird by Laurel Jones Monte Lake, BC PHOTO#3-51LJ
Bushy Tailed Bird
Squawk! This Rain! by Selahnna Lang Hendersonville, TN PHOTO#3-52SL
This normally beautifully sleek Bluebird was rather, um, transformed this wet, drippy Tennessee day, as I captured him in all of his drenched adorableness.
Delicately Designed by Selahnna Lang Hendersonville, TN PHOTO#3-53SL
Tufted Titmouse catches a quick snack from our feeder.
All Puffed Up by Selahnna Lang Hendersonville, TN PHOTO#3-54SL
I photographed this Mourning Dove on a chilly February morning from off my balcony in northern Tennessee.
Feisty House Sparrows by Mary Ann Igoe Blackfoot, Idaho PHOTO#3-55MAI
The House Sparrows are a feisty bunch! It is amazing the amount of drama at the bird feeder! I have noticed the House Sparrows are rowdy while the House Finches and Chickadees prefer a quieter feeder, away from the drama.
Spring is Near! by Mary Ann Igoe Blackfoot, Idaho PHOTO#3-56MAI
Winters are long in Idaho! When the Red-winged Blackbirds arrive at the feeders there are large numbers numbers and they wipe out the all seed in the feeders! I don’t mind this at all as the air is filled with their songs to announce Spring will soon arrive!
This is a photo of a Carolina Wren. This wren made a nest in my yard and would explore the brush to find food. With winter approaching, I filled the feeder with hot pepper suet pellets and a seed/nut cake.
I am an amateur photographer, and I’ve been taking photos of all the different song birds that have visited the yard during the past few seasons. This photo was taken in 2019, during a mild winter with my Olympus PEN EPL8.
Just Hangin’Around by Rekha Rajagopal Blackfoot, Idaho PHOTO#3-58RR
Male Downy Woodpecker
This is a photo of a male Downy Woodpecker. I enjoy watching them visit my yard at different seasons and pecking for insects in the Silver Maple tree. This year, I placed a suet cylinder feeder with a no-melt hot pepper suet. This is a favorite among all the song birds that visit my yard, especially the Downy Woodpeckers.
I am an amateur photographer, and I enjoy taking photos of wildlife. Birds are my favorite subjects to observe. This photo was taken in 2019, late autumn with my Olympus PEN EPL8.
“So Much to Sing About” by Deanna Mayhew Crocker, MO PHOTO#3-59DM
House Finches have a captivating song, so much to sing about in the treetops above the feeders, whether it’s protesting while the Squirrels help themselves to the seeds or maybe they are just wanting to cheer us up. Nonetheless they cause you to stop and listen. They are here year-round and they feed well with the American Goldfinches and they are easy to photograph, caught this guy landing while keeping his eyes on me, delightful birds to have around…
“All Gather Round” by Deanna Mayhew Crocker, MO PHOTO#3-60DM
A Female Cardinal with spread wings seems to say all gather around my birdy friends and let us all partake of the seeds…the Cardinals, House Finches, and American Goldfinches are always good at sharing and are always the first to the feeders after I fill them up, they’re gentle sweet birds…
“Junco Landing” by Deanna Mayhew Crocker, MO PHOTO#3-61DM
Juncos are a welcome addition to the feeders in the winter, they arrive in the fall and take shelter in the Cedars throughout the winter months and are more than happy to grace the feeders. Caught this guy on a Snowy Day with the House Finches…a pretty sight to behold…
Red-bellied Woodpecker by Jennifer Smith Melbourne, Kentucky PHOTO#3-62JS
I took this picture of the male Red-bellied Woodpecker in my yard in Kentucky this past summer. Being a fan of this bird, I always have a suet feeder or two for them.
Costa’s Hummingbird by Jennifer Smith Melbourne, Kentucky PHOTO#3-63JS
I took this photo of a Male Costa’s Hummingbird at my feeder called Copper Hummingbird, in my yard in October 2019. I love hummingbirds and take care in feeding them.
Hanging Around For A Snack by Aaron Traphagen Lynchburg, VA PHOTO#3-64AT
Male Downy Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker Snacking on a berry suet cake. We get a lot of woodpeckers, but this one caught my eye when he latched onto the roof of the feeder and hung-upside-down while feasting.
Mine! by Aaron Traphagen Lynchburg, VA PHOTO#3-65AT
Peanut Suet Balls
This year we have been graced by the presence of a beautiful Baltimore Oriole. He immediately took ownership of our owl shaped suet feeder and got this bothered look on his face when Mr. Downy Woodpecker started eyeballing his food.
Are You Talking To Me? by Ronnie Schecter Asheville, NC PHOTO#3-66RS
A House Finch enjoying some time at the feeder; interrupted mid meal by something.
Finch Feast by Kara Cravin Warwick, RI PHOTO#3-67RS
Lunch Time by Kara Cravin Warwick, RI PHOTO#3-68RS
Northern Mockingbird Waiting For Lunch
Waiting in Line by Aaron Traphagen Lynchburg, VA PHOTO#3-69AT
2 Female Northern Cardinals
Feeder: Squirrel Buster Feed: Wild mix with nut & berry and black-oil sunflower seeds mixed in. One female Cardinal patiently waiting in line for her turn at the feeder.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Kara Cravin Warwick, RI PHOTO#3-70RS
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird At Feeder
The Blue Jay And The Coffee Cup by Michelle Key Gorham, ON PHOTO#3-71MK
I have old coffee cups in my trees in the backyard and I fill them with bird feed. This is a Bluejay that stopped off for some food November 24, 2019.
A Nuthatch & A Gnome by Michelle Key Gorham, ON PHOTO#3-72MK
The gnome is supposed to go into my garden but I decided to put some bird seed in it and put it on my deck. This nuthatch was quite interested in it especially when he found out the gnome had food. Taken in my yard in Gorham, Ontario.
Chickadee Finishing A Snack by Michelle Key Gorham, ON PHOTO#3-73MK
Was able to take a picture of this Chickadee on my hanging bell bird seed feeder on March 2, 2020. Picture taken in Gorham, Ontario, Canada.
They Love This Bird! by Kelly Carlisle Las Vegas, NV PHOTO#3-74KC
My Cats Love This Hummingbird
My 3 cats love to watch this one bird everyday. They never try to grab him. They do try to grab others. LOL
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