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During a recent snowstorm I had quite a few House Sparrows turn up at my feeder. Generally they feed at the neighbors farm but I suspect that pickings are slim with all the snow we’ve had.

 

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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.

 

 

Some of the other birds at my feeder during the recent snowstorm.

Dark-eyed Junco

House Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

 

 

 

With the arrival of summer birds start bringing their fledglings to the bird feeders. Here a House Finch is feeding its insistent fledgling.

A male Northern Cardinal is feeding its fledgling.

A Downy Woodpecker feeds its fledgling.

This House Sparrow Fledgling was sitting at the feeder waiting for a parent to arrive. He was a stitch to watch because he kept falling asleep and almost falling off of the perch.

This Downy Woodpecker fledgling was alone at the feeder for quite some time and seemed to be bewildered by all of the activity at the feeder.

 

House Sparrows are my nemesis and for years they stayed over at my neighbors farm. One year a few of them turned up at my feeders. Now they are the dominate bird at my feeders.

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In between our fall trips I managed to get a few bird photos on the farm.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

House Finch

House Finch

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

I continue to photograph birds ad my bird feeder. The weather has been too warm to ski so I spend my time photographing birds.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

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.

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

This fledgling House Sparrow had just finished taking a bath.

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A female Orchard Oriole looked a little lonely at my bird feeder.

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Nap time for a fledgling House Sparrow.

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A Grey Catbird heading for the nest with lunch.

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An Eastern Bluebird caught after taking a bath.

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A Baltimore Oriole waiting for its turn at the feeder.

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A couple of Grey Catbirds have been hanging around the feeders. They generally don’t feed except they do have a sweet tooth for the grape jelly I have out for the orioles. I’ve noticed they also have a problem with the occasional Blue Jays that come to the feeder. I can always tell if there is a Blue Jay around because of the posture of the Grey Catbirds.

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Large numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are currently at the feeders.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

There are a fair number of American Goldfinches around. This is a change from the spring when they all but disappeared from my feeders.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

The House Sparrows continue to appear at my feeders. The past few weeks they had their young with them and now the young seem to be feeding on their own.

House Sparrows

House Sparrows

The orioles have started to return to the feeders. They were here in large numbers and then left to raise their young. Now that the young are getting ready to fledge they have started to return. I would expect that they will return with their young with the next couple of weeks.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

The Downy Woodpeckers are around feeding on my suet. I have regular suet out that I got from the butcher shop but they much prefer the more expensive peanut butter suet.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker