New Regular Around The Bird Seed Cafe

Every once in a while, I spot a nuthatch on the suet feeder. However, this week I noticed a nuthatch visiting the regular feeder and enjoying the safflower seeds. I tried to capture him on the bird feeder but never quite managed.

However, I did capture him doing his nutty nuthatch antics around the yard. 

Did you know they sometimes work as telephone wire repairman?

Ah, here’s the problem…

They also have quite a distinct call. It’s fun hearing it when I step out on to the back deck.  I watched my nuthatch chase off a hummingbird one day. That was a first as usually my hummingbirds do not back down to even much larger birds.

A Few Other Birds Spotted Around The Yard

A few of my regulars are also returning to the back yard more frequently. While focusing on the nuthatch, I also managed to catch a couple of Carolina wrens in the background. Pretty sure one is a young fledgling.

A beautiful new cardinal is frequenting the feeder. And we saw 2 more in the trees this afternoon!

The downy woodpeckers are always happy to find the suet feeder full. However, they’ll hop over and grab some safflower seed if suet runs out.

And last (but of course, not least!), the red-bellied woodpecker is back more often lately. Felt a little camera shy at first.

However, he went ahead and posed for me.

Other Birds Spotted But Not Shared On “Film” This Week

  • We’re seeing lots more hummingbirds visit our feeders. We have one regular fellow who likes to sit on the fence and claim ownership of the feeder. He even danced with me a bit on Tuesday morning as I cleaned and replaced the food in “his” feeder.
  • Spotted a turkey vulture sitting in a tree while on a recent hike. Unfortunately, he took off just as I managed to focus the camera. I also heard several chickadees and blue jays on the same hike.
  • Also, hearing the blue jays in the oak trees in the neighbor’s yard. I think they’re in a contest with the squirrels to see who can pelt our deck and the top of my car with the most acorns. Squirrels seem to be winning. Want to feel like Chicken Little? Come hang out on our backyard deck!
  • Tufted titmice, mourning doves, and house finches are still our regular every day visitors. And the house sparrows as well.

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I splurged 2 weeks ago and bought a “real” camera (Nikon 3500). This was my first bird watching post using photos I took using it. Still very much in a learning curve as I realize how much the old bridge camera did for me. I think I took all these images on actual auto mode (not the A which I learned last week meant aperture mode. I have a long way to go learning all this. At least, I have fun backyard subjects for my practice.)

Joining in with Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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10 thoughts on “New Regular Around The Bird Seed Cafe

  1. P Slade

    You have lots of species on which to practice with your DSLR Jean. It’s difficult at first but you will get there. And remember that your card will hold hundreds if not thousands of images, so do not be afraid to take lots of shots. The Nikon 3500 has good reviews. Ideally you need a 400mm lens minimum and use of AP.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you for all the encouragement. It’s been a bit of an adjustment (sometimes just trying to remember to turn the camera to “on” ha!) Definitely lots to practice on around here and hopefully, even more species as the birds start migrating through again. Hope your Monday went well!

  2. Eileen

    Hello Jean,

    I love the woodpecker, nuthatch and wren. The Cardinal is beautiful.
    The nuthatch is close to the wires. You have a nice variety of yard birds.
    Have fun using the new camera.
    Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! We’re very lucky to have such a great variety of birds just out the back door. Hoping the cardinals get a bit more comfortable, they’re fairly skittish right now. Hope your week is going well so far.

  3. Anni

    How I wish we had blue jays in our area of Texas! Jealous I am. What a wonderful array of birds this week! I especially enjoyed the lineman for the county! Glen Campbell in disguise?

    thank you for sharing & linking in this weeK at IRBB
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    1. Jean Post author

      And I’m jealous of all your amazing shore birds 😉 Ha, that song actually popped into my head while I was watching the nuthatch hop around by the wires. Thanks for always hosting such a great link up. Hope your week started off wonderfully!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, I’m ready to start seeing the fall migrants and our winter visitors. Almost time to put out the second feeder again. Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful start to the new week!

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