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This has been a great winter to photograph Northern Cardinals. I’ve had as many as eight at my feeder at any given time and they have been feeding during the day. It is probably do to the fact that I’ve not see any hawks around this winter.

These two did not seem very happy to be out in the snowfall.


Yesterdays snowstorm really brought out the Northern Cardinals. At one point the wind was really blowing as you can see in the second photo.



I spent a good part of the morning photographing perched of frost covered pine trees. More bird photos can be found on my website.

I love to photograph birds in a snowstorm. I managed to catch these cardinals one afternoon.



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.


The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are eating most of my sunflower seeds.

Helping the Grosbeaks are the American Goldfinches. They are also eating most of the thistle seeds.

At the start of summer the Baltimore Orioles were absent from the feeders while they raised their young. They have now returned with their young.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been at the feeders all summer eating   suet, sunflower seeds and grape jelly.Downy woodpeckers have also been at the feeders.

The Grey Catbirds have a nest near the feeders and spend a lot of time eating grape jelly.

Mourning Doves spend a lot of time under the feeders cleaning up the mess.

Northern Cardinals are around year around.

For the past year I’ve had a female Northern Cardinal banging on my basement window. I posted a blog about it last spring.

Unfortunately she died in an accident last week. Tony Hawk seen here attempting to flush her out of her hiding place did managed to flush her and in her panic to escape she flew right into a window and was killed instantly. Normally Tony perches on the feeder for a while and then leaves. On this particular day he stayed around perching at three different locations before attempting to flush some birds from an arborvitae. I happened to be standing beside the window as Tony flew at an arborvitae where the female Cardinal hiding.

Since that time a Male Northern Cardinal who I assume was her mate has taken up the role of banging into my basement window.

When I first started photographing birds I had to do it from my basement window because I didn’t have the right lenses to photograph them at the feeders. The birds would go to the feeders to get seeds then fly to a lilac bush by the basement window to eat them. This made it easy to get some close shots. Over the years I acquired better lenses and started photographing from my large windows by the feeders. I recently went back to my roots and spent the better part of a day photographing from my basement window.

Dark-eyed Juncos were around in large numbers after being absent for part of the winter.



Black-capped Chickadees were around in large numbers. This seemed to be their favorite perch for eating.



There were also a few Northern Cardinals around but they were a little skittish and wouldn’t come near the window.



At least what passes for a blizzard this year. It snowed all day and we had some strong winds but only about 6 inches of snow. When we do get a snow storm it seems to bring the Northern Cardinals out in good numbers. On this day I was lucky to get more than the the usually number of shots of female Cardinals.






A few more bird photos from Canadian Hill Farm. Unfortunately a male Red-bellied Woodpecker hit the window last week and was killed. The female is still coming to the feeders.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker