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Chickadees, Flickers and Crows

January 31, 2013

I hoped to see the Northern Shrike again, or maybe a Pygmy Owl yesterday but I ended up seeing many other birds instead. I sometimes wonder if the birds I would love to see that day visit my home when I set out to look in other directions!

Northern Flicker male visiting my feeder.

Northern Flicker male visiting my feeder.

Northern Flicker looking for food

Northern Flicker looking for food

This male Northern Flicker is a regular visitor to my feeder who spends a lot of time poking in the snow for suet that has fallen on the ground.

A Common Crow calling to others in its flock

A Common Crow calling to others in its flock

On my way through town I stopped to watch a group of crows feeding. They walked towards me, confident that they could fly off if I showed signs of “crow-icide”. Being able to fly must be a great feeling of freedom! On my way home, I picked up a Northern Flicker female that had been hit and lay stunned on the highway. I put her in some small cedar trees nearby where I hope she recovers in familiar territory. There were two crows watching what I was doing, and while I do not begrudge them a good meal, I hope the flicker made it.

A Common Crow in town

A Common Crow in town

A Mountain Chickadee feeding with a flock of Goldfinches up the lake

A Mountain Chickadee feeding with a flock of Goldfinches up the lake

I have not seen the Mountain Chickadees at my feeder lately but I spotted two feeding with a group of Goldfinches further up the lake. I saw a juvenile eagle fly overhead at the same spot.

A Chestnut-backed Chickadee at my feeder.

A Chestnut-backed Chickadee at my feeder.

The Chestnut-backed Chickadees have been coming to the feeder since summer and are still regular visitors. It would be nice if they brought their young around this summer.

A Male House Finch coming in to feed on sunflower seeds.

A Male House Finch coming in to feed on sunflower seeds.

The House Finches visit regularly too – and they do bring their young around in summer. They like to drink sugar water from the hummingbird feeder. Opportunists with a sweet tooth (er..beak?)

photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius 2013.

One Comment
  1. I enjoyed your photos at the lake. Lucky you, to have two species of chickadees visiting your feeder!

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