Thursday, May 7, 2015

Birding Update

I am coming down the home stretch on "Silly as a Goose" by Birds of a Feather.  I'll have an interesting story to share when I post the finish - stay tuned!  

Speaking of birds, Tom-Cat helps me most days as I count the number of birds at the feeders.

I bought this 'cage in a cage' suet feeder in hopes of deterring the voracious Starlings.  I was pleased to see the the Flickers were able to access the feeder without issues.   

Look at the lovely wing feathers on this male. I was watching the Swallows nest-building and I think they used a Flicker wing feather as nesting material.

Here's a female Flicker at the same feeder.  
The down-side is that the darned Starlings also are able to eat the suet in this feeder, so it is not slowing them down one bit.  

Fortunately the Flickers and the Acorn Woodpeckers are aggressive and will puff up and hiss at the Starlings and do what they need to to make room at the peanut and suet feeders.

But I expect the Starlings are one of the reasons I never see the small Downy Woodpeckers at the feeders.  They are too little to take on the Starlings.

I am seeing the Acorn Woodpeckers a bit more frequently.  Here a female and male showed up at the same time, and I've had two males at the same time.  Looking at this photo I can see that I need to clean the dining room window.  The Band-tailed Pigeons continually bump into the window and have left marks everywhere. I'm off to get a step ladder and take care of that!


Vickie said...

You are cordially invited to come clean my windows as well. :)

Judy Blount said...

I love seeing your bird pictures. If you ever find a way to keep the starlings out of your suet let me know. They are just so rude!

Topazshell said...

That is a pretty feather. Would have missed it, if you hadn't mentioned it.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I don't like starlings either!
I love your Silly Goose however and that sweet Tom cat :)

Margaret said...

What great pics of the flickrs! Wow! Love Silly as a Goose so far! Waiting to hear the story with the finish....

Melody said...

Silly as a Goose is very cute! I'm curious now to here the rest of the story.

I agree on the Starlings. They seem like bullies.