Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Unexpected Visitors

More delights at the feeder during the last few days have included this Downy Woodpecker, who we have called Woody!   His plumage is beautiful and he has a red patch on the back of his head.

This male Purple Finch is another beautiful bird.  He frequently visits the feeder. 

We also have Goldfinches.

This is the Purple Finch with the female.

And more photographs of the male Purple Finches.

Woody seemed convinced that he could peck his way into the feeder from underneath.  He must have given himself a headache trying to peck through metal!

Next, the Bluejays arrived.

And finally, the Grosbeaks.  They remind me of giant budgies!

Thanks to my husband for patience at capturing these images with the camera.  He gave me regular updates at work on the birds' arrival.  We have never seen so many species of birds in the garden in the time that we have lived here.

At The Feeder

When we lived in Ontario, we hung this feeder in our garden and waited three months before a bird finally showed up.  After we moved, we placed it in the tree outside our window, but the winter storms forced us to take it down.  We put it up again recently and had our first visitors after only three days!

These cheeky Black-capped Chickadees really enjoy sunflower hearts and were quick to make the most of ours.  Soon after they appeared, they were brave enough to remain at the feeder even when we ventured outdoors.

I have more photographs to share in the next post, which has been in draft form for about a week.