Saturday, January 30, 2016

Some Fine Feathered Friends Feeding

Steller's Jay (three regular visitors)
Spotted Towhee ( at least three, resident?)
Male Northern Flicker (at least one family of three)
Red Crossbills (a small flock of 12+, first time seen)
Red Crossbills
Varied Thrush (both the male and female)
Anna's Hummingbirds (two females and one male, regulars)

Wide variety of backyard visitors in Nanaimo

We maintain backyard bird feeders all year round, which has attracted and maintained quite a variety of fine feathered friends winter and summer.

In addition to the above our 'regulars' right now include Juncos, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Purple Finches, American Gold Finches, Chickadees, Wren, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Robins, Starlings, Downy Woodpeckers (male & female), Red Breasted Sapsucker and more Pine Siskins than I care to mention.

A Northern Shrike stopped by for lunch a few weeks back, and for a day or two the yard took on an eerie silence as the aftermath of his visit worked it's way out. On a couple of occasions over the past years every now and then a hawk will stop in for lunch with the same effect. The neighbourhood cat sometime seems successful but that is pretty much a rarity.

We only feed the hulled sunflower seeds which provides a minimum of rodent-attracting litter on the ground and seems to be popular with most of our visitors. The one exception are the Bush Tits (20+) who only visit the suet block hanging outside our livingroom window.

They beat watching anything Shaw and the 500 channel universe has to offer, any day.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jim!

    Very colourful photos, to calm us after the politics.

    Kev.

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