In the 5 years I’ve worked here, I’ve seen more varieties of wild birds than I’ve seen in my ENTIRE life!! I guess my eyes were always focused on the ground, looking at plants. In the last few years, I have tried to become more familiar with the animals and birds that enjoy the plants also.
Until this winter, I’ve not seen a male red-bellied woodpecker at my feeders. I’m so happy my girls finally have some male company. I know there are at least three different females that visit, mostly because they range in size.
I like to wedge the half used suet chunk in the crack of the maple. Many birds can feed on it this way. The woodies do rule the roost and will scare others away.
Here’s one of my girls. The way to tell them apart is the red crest on the females head does not reach her beak.
Here’s Mister. He looks to be a nice, healthy boy!
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