Feathers on Friday – Northern Flicker

For Feathers on Friday – I found a Flicker picture from a couple of days ago, he was singing on a cloudy grey day, Flicker Feathers on Friday 😉

Springtime flicker in a tall tree
Springtime flicker in a tall tree

Other Feathers on Friday blogs:

Prairie Birder

Bird Boy

The Cats and the Birds

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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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A Downy in the Sparrow-Free Feeder

Today I was looking out my kitchen window at my new ‘sparrow free’ cedar birdfeeder to see if there was any interest in it yet.  Much to my surprise (and delight) – a Downy Woodpecker was flying around it and eyeing the feeder holes.  This particular feeder is aimed at the smaller birds – mainly chickadees and nuthatches – made with small entry holes and no perches in hopes that the house sparrows won’t be able to use it.  Since my house sparrows seem to eat everything from every type of feeder I own –  I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it.  I purchased mine at The Wild Bird Store (click here) where Kris and Dave are happy to help you!

I guess ‘sparrow free’ technically doesn’t mean ‘downy free’ …. so he helped himself to the treats inside for quite awhile.  What a cutie!

The video is below in standard format – if you want to watch it in beautiful HD – click on the vimeo link. :)

Downy in Sparrow Free Feeder from Morningside Life on Vimeo.

 

Downy Woodpecker on "Sparrow Free" Feeder
Downy Woodpecker on “Sparrow Free” Feeder
Downy Woodpecker in Feeder
Downy Woodpecker in Feeder

 

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American Redstart: It’s a Lifer!

This is the first American Redstart I’ve ever seen and positively identified :)  It’s an interesting name that matches the male bird perfectly but the female or juveniles? Not so much!

I wish I could have taken a video of the way it flew from tree to tree – showing off her tail… probably the prettiest small bird flight I’ve seen.  I love my backyard. Blessed.

American Redstart (female or Juvie)
American Redstart (female or juvie)
American Redstart (juvenile)
American Redstart (juvenile)
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