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A Belated Winter Blast

Published January 13, 2012
Tags: My Feeders, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, WNY, bird bath, Christmas tree

We've been enjoying an uncommonly warm and mild winter here in Western New York. Today, however, brought a blast of winter with over 40 mph winds and at least 6 inches of snow in our neck of the woods.  Snow always brings the birds flocking to the feeders, so, taking a break from some tedious work with Regular Expressions and screen scraping, (geek talk), I took a long lunch with my camera in front of the kitchen windows and grabbed some photos of the birds enjoying all the treats I set out for them.  Barth's Bird Bistro was bustling!

Oh, and you'll note that in one of the pictures, a male House Finch is sitting on top of our discarded Christmas tree.  I read that a good purpose for your tree is propping it somewhere near your bird feeders or heated bird baths to provide additional cover from predators for our little friends.  So, that's just what I did - I put it right near the heated bird bath.  Yep; we have a heated bird bath!
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White-breasted Nuthatch
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Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
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Female Northern Cardinal - no matter what she did, her doo was out of control in that wind!
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Female Northern Cardinal
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Male Northern Cardinal
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Male Northern Cardinal
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Male Dark-eyed Junco
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Male Dark-eyed Junco
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A pair of male House Finches
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Male House Finch perched atop our discarded Christmas tree
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Male House Finch
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Male House Finch
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Black-capped Chickadee
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Male American Goldfinch
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
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White-breasted Nuthatch
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Female Downy Woodpecker
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Male Hairy Woodpecker. The splash of red in the background a little below him is a male Northern Cardinal waiting his turn.