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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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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Northern Flicker & Juvenile Wilson’s Warblers

It was a short and sunny backyard birding day today, although the sun was quite harsh I was still able to spot a few birds standing under tree shade.

Flickers are cool, they just are!  Their colors and mismatched patterned feathers make them really stand out from other birds. The ones I’ve seen around my yard are usually on the ground hunting for bugs and they usually don’t mind me taking a few photos if I stay in my place with very little movement.

Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)

Hiding under the trees in the shade also led to my first warblers captured on camera in my yard. I welcome the bright little ladies and hope to see them again soon, they are such a delight to watch as they hardly stand still for a second!

Juvie Wilson's Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson’s Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson's Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson’s Warbler (female)
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