Thursday, June 22, 2017

Catbirds, Cardinals & Waxwings in the Serviceberry

Our 20 year old Serviceberry had a wonderful bloom this spring and now it is filled with seemingly delicious red berries.  I first noticed a half a dozen Cedar Waxwings in the tree. Later Robins, Cardinals and Catbirds joined in the frenzy.  It will take at least 4 days to strip it clean, but for now it is Bird Haven.  I will post a study of Cedar Waxwings.

                                              Robin






  
Catbird














 Cardinal (female)































Cedar Waxwing


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Red-bellied Woodpecker

It is hard to ignore a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Not only are they striking in appearance but their tapping can not be ignored.  In the Spring the male attracts the female by loudly tapping on anything that will resonate including metal gutters and even vehicles.   This male comes to the suet feeder occasionally but is skiddish.

The male Red-bellied Woodpecker is eating Mulberries or just hanging out. 


Here he is showing off his nap. 
Checking if it is OK to get suet.
This is why they are called    Red-bellied.

          Are you still watching me?                         Really?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Making Way for Wood Ducklings Part 3

The Ducklings landed one by one on the corner of the yard just a foot or so off of the alley.  When the last Woody had the courage to jump, I went looking for the rest of the batch. 
It wasn't hard finding the Ducklings since the darlings were peeping loud enough to hear a 30 feet away.  They gathered in the alley and then under a truck.  Soon they were off to the lake down the yards.  I tried to follow them but lost them on the hillside.  I have no doubt they made it to the water.  These photos tell the rest of the story rather than great shots.
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