I almost always have Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers hanging around my suet feeders.
Bird photography is a bit iffy sometimes. Actually most of the shots are not worth keeping. Here are a few near misses from the past several weeks.
When it snows the birds turn up at my feeders. More winter bird photography can be found on my website.
It’s been a bummer of a winter. A couple of weeks ago we were scheduled to get some light flurries several times during the day. As it turned out there wasn’t much to it except several times during the day we has some spectacularly large snowflakes. They were over an inch in diameter and larger than anything I’ve seen on the farm. I grabbed my cameras and started photographing birds during these brief heavy flurries.
This last photo was taken of the large snowflakes against a background of White Pine trees.
The first blizzard of the year brought many of my birds back to the feeder. There is nothing I enjoy more in the winter than photography birds during a blizzard.
Yes we had had snow although the grass is very green as we approach Christmas. It has been a strange year. We have had some beautiful snow falling several times this winter. On a couple of occasions it has been very large flakes. I love to photograph birds when it snows out. It can be a little tricky because I’m usually working with very low light conditions. It sometimes takes a lot of shots to get a keeper.
We find all kinds of wildlife wandering around the farm. We had a group of Four White-tailed Deer hanging around. They were out in front of the house eating what remained of our Black-eyed Susan’s on this particular day.
We have had Wild Turkeys around in large numbers ever since the DNR reintroduced them to the state. This group of about 20 birds was walking across the front lawn. They were likely headed for the neighbors cornfield.
There are the ever present birds at my feeders. The Hairy Woodpecker is a year around visitor to the feeders.
Most of the birds have been around for most of the winter. There are a few exceptions. A Brown Thrasher turned up for a couple of days. This is the first one that I’ve seen on the farm and the only one I’ve photographed.
The Eastern Bluebirds are back and occasionally stop at my feeding station. They mainly use it as a perch to look for insects and as a stopping off point on their way to the bird bath.
The Song Sparrows are back and are getting ready to nest in the pine trees by the house.
I’m amazed that the Dark-eyed Juncos are still around. Normally they have left by this time of year.
The Black-capped Chickadees are around although the numbers thin in the summer.
The Hairy Woodpeckers are around as long as I keep feeding them peanut butter suit.
These are some of the birds at my feeder during the first few weeks of spring.
The Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers have been around all winter and they have been very active this spring. I see them a lot when I put out the Peanut Butter Suit. For some reason they really like it.
The Dark-eyed Juncos are around all winter but they seem to leave just about the time spring came. They were gone for a couple of weeks but are back again. I’m thinking the birds around now are migrants that are just stopping off to resupply.
A small number of Pine Siskins have been around all winter and they are still around.
The White-breasted Nuthatches have been around all winter. I still see them at the feeders. One in particular likes to grab a Black Sunflower seed and then fly over to the fence post and try and crack it open.
The one bird that has returned from the south is the Song Sparrow. A couple of them have been hanging around the feeders and the pines in front of the house. they usually nest in the pines.