Afternoon peek into the yard… sneaky woodpecker

Quick pic of the globe feeder today
Quick pic of the globe feeder today
Flexible waxwing with an itch..
Flexible waxwing with an itch..
Downy Woodpecker: "I'm pretty sure this is not a woodpecker feeder port"
Downy Woodpecker: “I’m pretty sure this is not a woodpecker feeder port”
Downy Woodpecker: "Nom Nom Nom"
Downy Woodpecker: “Nom Nom Nom”
Downy Woodpecker: "Hey, food is food!"
Downy Woodpecker: “Hey, food is food!”
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Breakfast with the baby birds and a visit from two others :)

This morning in the yard,… the main action was in the chokecherry tree where juvenile sparrows and waxwings were having breakfast.

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Sparrow eating a cherry

I saw a pretty European Starling way way up in a tree and managed to take a decent photo considering the distance between us.
European Starling

Good morning waxy!

This is one of my favourite photos…
Juvenile waxwing having breakfast

A new sighting in my yard this morning- a bird caught my eye and I couldn’t instantly recognize it. She was flying from tree to tree up high but the light color helped me to keep an eye on her until I could get a lock on her with my camera. It was a dark-eyed junco but I’ve never seen one in these lovely pastel colours before! One more for the yard list!

Dark-eyed Junco - so pretty!

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A Whirlwind of Goldfinches

Early this morning as the sun was just up I heard a commotion in the backyard, a commotion of the bird kind… singing, squawking, chirping and peeping so I stepped outside with my camera (what else would I do? lol).

To my surprise and delight a group of American Goldfinches had stopped in my yard (on their way south I presume) and took over the feeders and trees.  They were so loud and so fast I took photos quickly and within 5 minutes they were gone – it was the craziest thing!  Just came in with a bang and left just the same – never to be seen again! (this season anyway..)

Here are a few photos from my whirlwind goldfinch visit….

Awwww sweet little yellow fluffball goldfinch
Awwww sweet little yellow fluffball goldfinch
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Group of Goldfinches on the feeder
Group of Goldfinches on the feeder
Soft little goldfinches...
Soft little goldfinches…
Here Finchy Finchy...
Here Finchy Finchy…
Handsome Goldfinch
Handsome Goldfinch

Until Next Time…..

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White-breasted Nuthatch stops for a visit

This summer, as I watch to see which birds are regular neighbors, I have noticed that the Red-breasted Nuthatches are here every day – but I have not seen any White-breasted Nuthatches at all.  Today a flash of white caught my eye through the window and – yes!  There was a handsome White-breasted Nutty poking around my bushes and checking out my feeder.  I grabbed my camera and snuck outside and only managed to get a quick shot before he was gone – but it’s still exciting to know it’s possible to see them in my yard.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
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Feathers on Friday: Common Raven in my ‘hood

I see Crows quite often in my neighborhood but seeing a Raven is much more rare.  Today I heard one calling loudly and there’s no mistaking that gutteral sound… a Raven!

I found him on a neighboring rooftop and snapped a photo.  One more for my Yard List this year :)

Common Raven on the Roof
Common Raven on the Roof

More Feathers on Friday Posts:

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