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A Birder's Blog About Birding in Western New York

Shy Northern Flickers

Published March 12, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Northern Flicker, sumac, bark butter, suet

I've only seen a Northern Flicker 4 times - once was for a fleeting moment right up on my deck. I know they're out there, but I can't seem to coax them closer with bark butter, seeds, raisins, or suet. Everything is out in plain sight, but they just don't seem brave enough to come closer and enjoy the feast I've set out for them.

Today's sighting found him next to an American Robin in the sumac bushes. I didn't capture a very good photo of him, but I wanted to post this rare occurrence just for posterity's sake!
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A rare visit to our sumac bushes by a Northern Flicker (Yellow Shafted)


Signs of Spring!

Published March 10, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Spring, American Robin, mealworms, raisins

What a joy spring brings. You can't help but feel more hopeful, more positive and feel a new "spring" in your step! That's the way I felt today when the snow from a few days ago disappeared and I heard and saw the American Robin up close and personal.

I always took this common bird to be "no big deal". But today, I thoroughly enjoyed its sweet, flute-like song with greater appreciation than ever. It truly possesses one of the more beautiful voices.

I've tried enticing the Robins up the feeders, but to date, they haven't ventured here for the mealworms and raisins I put out for them.

Factoid: did you know that the male Robin grows black feathers on the top of his head to attract females? After breeding season is over, he loses these feathers. I should know better than to take any of these little creatures for granted; our marvelous Creator sometimes puts His most awesome handiwork in the most common of His creations!
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American Robin - his beak is wide open in song!
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He was enjoying the remains from last fall's sumac.
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Even this Dark-eyed Junco enjoys our bark butter
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One of my winter favorites, the American Tree Sparrow, should be leaving our area soon. I'll miss their rich and beautiful songs.


A Snowy Outburst

Published March 07, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Snow, Orchard Park, NY, Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Brown Creeper

When it snows up here in Orchard Park, NY, our feeders get so busy with activity. The older I get, the more I hate the snow, but ohhhhh, I sure love the bird activity the snow brings!

There was a wide variety today and I hope you enjoy the photos of a few of the birds I had visit today.
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A Northern Cardinal
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Male Downy Woodpecker
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A male House Finch - that's a seed in his beak!
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Tufted Titmouse - love this pose!
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Dark-eyed Junco
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Female Northern Cardinal
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Song Sparrow
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Red-tailed Hawk - this beauty wasn't visiting our feeders, thankfully - but I grabbed a shot of it further down the road as I was running to the bank.