April 21, 2016

The Northern Cardinal I saw getting attacked in my back yard yesterday is missing a foot.   He still makes it to the safflower feeder and peanut feeder.  There’s at least one other male Northern Cardinal around, and two females.

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Northern Cardinal

I saw four different American Goldfinches around today, munching on sunflower chips and drinking from the bubbler.  Three appeared to be males.  A Carolina Wren with a reddish breast offered two peanuts in quick succession to another Carolina Wren with a more pale breast.  Both feed on the nut cylinder.  I haven’t seen pale breast flutter its wings or beg, so I don’t know whether this is a (potential) mate or a juvenile.  A male Northern Parula and a Black-and-white Warbler stopped by the bubbler to take baths.  The Gray Catbird has been more visible, making repeated trips to the nut cylinder, where it has no problem displacing a Downy Woodpecker.  The Downies and Red-bellies are all hitting the suet, the nut cylinder, and the peanut feeder often.