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Monthly Archives: February 2019

I have a few Hairy Woodpeckers at my feeders.

The last snowstorm brought a large number of House Sparrows to my feeders. For some reason I don’t like House Sparrows and would just a soon they don’t show up at my feeders. I had photographed birds on the farm for 15 years and never saw a House Sparrow. Apparently they stayed over at the neighbors farm. A couple of years ago they started showing up in large numbers. Earlier this fall I had removed some large evergreen trees from around the house and that seemed to discourage them from coming over. Unfortunately they recently started showing up again.

 

I have a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches turn up during the last snowstorm.

 

 

I have four Blue Jays that turn up at my feeder from time to time. They were not around during the firs snowstorm but did turn up during the second snowstorm.

 

 

I thought when I removed a bunch of the landscaping around the house that the chickadees would stay away but that hasn’t been the case.

Some days I’m not able to get many photos of Chickadees because they move around so fast. However, during the snow storm they seemed to spend a little more time on their perches.

 

Dark-eyed Juncos are another bird that I have problems photographing. During most of this winter they have been feeding on the ground because there has not been enough snow to cover the seeds that fall on the ground. However, with the recent snowstorms they have been forced to feed around the feeder.

 

It’s hard to believe but February 8th was the first day that the Red Cedar Trail was available for skiing this year. We headed out the next day. The trail had been rolled but not tracked but we still managed to ski down to the Ice Wall. With the recent cold weather the ice wall looks in good condition. I took a few photos to share.

 

My most frequent woodpecker visitor this winter is the Downy Woodpecker. I can easily have 6-8 of them at a time at the feeders.

 

I’ve had an unusual number of Red-bellied Woodpeckers at the feeder this winter. Both the male and female have been showing up.