More photos from the lazy photographer sitting on his porch. These are the larger birds that visit the feeders. Two of the most colorful are Northern Cardinals and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. I have two pairs of each in the area. I know because there is a kerfuffle when the two males show up at the same time.
Blue Jays are colorful but not as well behaved as other visitors. They are noisy and aggressive. And smart. At least one has mastered the art of swooping in and making a Red-tailed Hawk call to scatter all of the other birds. They do scatter seed all over the place and that does help the ground feeders. But a big clan can clean out the feeders in short order. The larger woodpeckers are the only birds that can push back on them. Except for the occasional Cooper’s Hawk!
Two large woodpeckers come to the feeders: Hairy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. The Red-bellied Woodpecker, like the Northern Cardinal, has been expanding its range northward as the climate changes. Both were pretty rare in New England when I was growing up.
I’ll end with photos of two non-feathered visitors. Squirrels and chipmunks congregate under the feeders. Thank goodness for baffles! No worries. The Blue Jays and some of the other birds scatter plenty of seed. Enough to have a snack to supplement the natural food around, such as acorns. The squirrel on the hummingbird feeder pole was doubly disappointed. Just sugar water, no seeds. Too far from the seed feeders to jump to them.