We live in 21 acres of woods and years ago a friend asked, “do you get many birds out here?” Well, the simple answer is yes. I don’t know how many species we’ve recorded but since the early ’80s, we’ve noted the date spotted in our well worn Rodger Tory Peterson Field Guide. We could group them into year-around residents, those that migrate through, mostly in the spring, and those who just should not be here but occasionally are.
Until this winter we’ve not made much of an effort to get pictures but getting snapshots has become my latest interest. It resulted from installing a new feeding station on a hickory tree just off the front deck. From my favorite recliner, I have a clear and well-lit view of the station and have been made much more aware of the comings and goings.
The year-round crowd consists of chickadees, tufted titmice, nuthatches, hairy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, cardinals, and blue jays. On very rare occasions we’ll see a piliated woodpecker flitting around the woods but only once was I able to get a couple of poor quality pictures with my cell phone.
I’ve created this page as a place to share some of the photos I’ve taken and only hope both the variety grows and the photographic quality improves. Keep paging down for added content.
Gallery One – Jays, Nuthatches, & Chickadees (available foods include suet, corn, sunflower seeds, and peanut butter)
Blue Jays & Woodpecker Video shot on January 21, 2020.
Piliated woodpecker photos and a short video. These were taken in 2011 with a cellphone camera.
Piliated woodpecker – short and shaky video shot with a cellphone camera in 2011.