Thursday, March 5, 2015

White-Breasted Nuthatch

I'm trying to move on with the birds at the feeder quickly. I need to post other little adventures as well, as I go on. The bird I'm featuring today is a White-Breasted Nuthatch. I'm not quite sure if this is a male or female. He appears to be a male since the male's head feathers are black while the female's are usually very dark gray.

I love these Nuthatches because they like to cling to the side of trees. You'll often find them walking along a tree upside down. They routinely are walking down the side of trees. They seem to like pointing down while they eat or while doing pretty much anything else too.

 One of these future posts I'll have to show you some of the other pictures I took of this bird. These today were the best so I'm showing them to you first. The others were in a shadow so I had to fix them up. But the others show off the Nuthatch's behavior quite a bit better than these do.

This little Nuthatch showed up for just a couple of days, and I haven't seen him since. It's been well over a week without another sighting. I hope he decides to come back. I've seen other Nuthatches around here so I'm guessing I'll get more visits from this kind of bird sometime in the future.

I've been wondering how busy my feeder will be when the weather gets warm. Right now I get several birds several times a day. They usually come to the feeder more in bad weather. Maybe when there's more food elsewhere they won't have a use for my feeder. I hope they still like to come. I'll talk to you later.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Downy Woodpecker

 The next bird that has come to my little bell feeder is this female Downy Woodpecker. She showed up a few days after the Cardinals began visiting, and now she comes every day. The Juncos usually arrive right after she shows up. They're still guarding the feeder closely.

How do I know she's a female Woodpecker? It's a similar thing to the Cardinals. It's the color. the male is a bit more colorful than the female bird. Right on the back of the head a male Downy Woodpecker has a bright red spot. This female here doesn't have that.

Woodpeckers are some of my favorite birds, although I have to admit I have several favorites. Ever since I was a kid watching Woody Woodpecker on TV I wanted to see a real Woodpecker. A Downy Woodpecker was the first kind of Woodpecker I ever saw. There have been a few others since then.

I have to say I took these pictures some time ago now. The problem is that I'm seeing so many birds at the feeder that it's hard to keep up. I can only post so many things at a time. I like to stick to one subject per post, and I take so many pictures of each bird that I want to show some of the best.

I also have to explain the story of the bell feeders. I may have done that already but I'll do it again. In this post I'm on my second feeder. Squirrels carried the other away and chewed at it, but I retrieved it soon after. The birds ate it down some more. But then the dog knocked it down under the porch so I couldn't get it. Now I'm on my second one.

This second feeder has an even more interesting story to tell in future posts. I'll try to get to them as fast as I can, but I can only go so fast. I've been posting more than I have in a few years now. It's been kind of fun trying to keep going and keep up this rate. It takes me back to when I had a new post every day. This is the most I can do for now though. I'll talk to you later, probably with more birds.