February 15, 2016

I’m now running three sunflower chip feeders, and I’ve had up to three dozen American Goldfinches mob our back yard at once.  Here’s the “Dinner Bell’ feeder:

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American Goldfinches on Feeder in Pergola (photo shot through window)

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American Goldfinches on Feeder in Pergola (photo shot from back door)

What you don’t see are the dozen or so American Goldfinches underneath this feeder, looking for dropped chips on the ground.

I’ve hung the latest sunflower chip feeder where the nectar feeder hangs during summer–one foot away from Sprinkles’s perch in the window in the breakfast nook.  Sprinkles–the cat–now has many enriching, if not nourishing, moments watching the goldfinches chow down.

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American Goldfinches on Feeder Outside Breakfast Nook Window (shot through window)

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An American Goldfinch Waiting for Room at the Dinner Bell

Yesterday a Ruby-crowned Kinglet showed up for the first time this winter, as did an Orange-crowned Warbler.  The Ruby-crowned Kinglet likes the mixed nut feeder.  The Orange-crowned Warbler prefers to bathe in the bubbler.

The female Baltimore Oriole continues to make an appearance, too, both at the suet feeder and the bubbler (for a drink, not a bath–yet).

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Baltimore Oriole (female) in Oleander Before Descending for a Drink

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Baltimore Oriole (female)

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Baltimore Oriole (female)

The usual suspects are all making regular appearances:  Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Brown Thrashers, House Finches, Downy Woodpeckers, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  Have not seen the Gray Catbird lately, though.  A Blue Jay showed up on the mixed nut feeder, but all of the sunflower chip feeders are designed to thwart the larger birds.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker at His Favorite Staging Area

Finally, at close of day, as is its wont, the Hermit Thrush showed up to bathe:

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Hermit Thrush

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Hermit Thrush