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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

When ever we have a snowy day the Northern Cardinals flock to the feeders. These are from a recent snowfall.

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Love to photograph birds when it is snowing out. The snowfall seem to attract the Northern Cardinals.

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I have Northern Cardinals around all of the time but only a few show up at the feeder. After a recent snow storm I had eight Northern Cardinals at the feeder at one time.

I have a large number of birds currently visiting my feeder. Earlier in the fall the American Goldfinches had all but disappeared but they are back in large numbers and eating me out of house and home.

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I also have a large number of Black-capped Chickadees visiting the feeder.

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My Neurotic female North American Cardinal is also back. This spring she started banging on my basement windows. It went on until I covered them with paper. She turned up again after the last batch of babies fledged and she had lost all of the feathers on her head. This fall she is back banging on my basement windows again.

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Last spring I had a Pheasant banging on my basement window. This year it is a female Northern Cardinal. As soon as we hear the noise we knew someone was banging on the window.

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The female was at it for several days before I took a few photos then covered the window with newspaper. The next day she had switched windows and was banging on another basement window. So I covered that window as well. A few hours later I was reading in the sunroom and she showed up banging on the sunroom sliding door. She has since moved to an octagonal window in the entryway. There is a pine tree near the window that makes it easy for her to perch by the window.

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The first couple of days the male sat near the window and watched what was going on but after a couple of days he lost interest.

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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