Continued from yesterday, more pictures from the birdfeeder!
That cute little White-breasted Nuthatch again!
Woodpeckers LOVE suet!
Cutie Downy Woodpecker
Redpoll niger-seed party. Apparently all common Redpolls, not the elusive Hoary! Click here for good tips on figuring out whether you're looking at Common Redpolls or Hoary ones. And here's a Charter Index for Redpoll identification. And here's a great picture of a Hoary and Common Redpoll party. Thanks, Happy Wombat Boy, for these great links. Hoary Redpolls are friggin' complicated.
Redpoll cage fight. Okay, not quite.
"Why did you have to buy that squirrel-proof feeder? WHY?"
We get a good variety of birds here, since we are surrounded by fields and also deciduous and coniferous forests. Plus we have a creek and we back onto the Beaudette River, and the bigger St. Lawrence River is just south of us. We are on a migratory bird flightpath and get snowbirds passing through. The farm across the street from us is a migratory bird sanctuary with many beautiful ponds. Last year I saw green herons, bitterns and a cormorant over there!
I feed the birds year-round with good-quality seed from the Ritchie Feed Mill off Innes Road in Ottawa. We buy their "gourmet mix" (only the best for these birds!) and I think it's worth it. There's no filler junk seed in the mix, and the birds eat everything.
I also have a birdbath with a water heater in winter. Birds really appreciate easy access to water in the cold months, especially around here where any liquid is frozen for most of the season.
The niger feeder is great for attracting goldfinches, redpolls and any other birds that like that tasty, expensive seed.
The snowstorm we were supposed to get moved south and so only the north edge is hitting us. 2 cm of snow instead of 20 cm. I'm bummed, because our friends are coming over to cross-country ski with us tomorrow, and the snow right now is icy and crappy for that.
Have a great weekend!