Bird feeder

I recently picked up some more mixed bird seed and added it to our feeder.

I find it interesting, which seeds get eaten right away, and which get left behind.

And the lengths some birds will go to, to get their preferred seed, while ignoring other seeds that are easier to get to.

Like this nuthatch.

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All the birds seem to prefer the same seeds.  Which is weird, as the seed blend is designed to appeal to a variety of birds.  Our visiting birds don’t seem to want variety in their food!

The above photo was taken yesterday, before the snow fell.  (I got some others, I will post over the next few days.)  Today, they were digging through the snow to get at the seeds.

They were being watched, as they did so!

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The Outsider was very interesting in what they were doing up there!

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Gosh, he’s an adorable cat.

When it gets dark out, we can still see the white of the hanging bird feeder, but the rest of the platform and stand is barely visible.

Last night, while sitting in my crochet corner, I noticed the hanging feeder swinging away and thought it was getting quite windy!  Then I saw some movement, as the stand itself seemed to move.  We’ve had wind gusts strong enough to knock it over, so that got my attention.

Which is when I saw the black shadow, moving around on the platform feeder.  A splash of white came into view, and I found Doom Guy, looking back at me though the window!

Too funny!

That makes three of the kittens that we’ve seen up on the platform feeder!  Makes me wonder how often it happens, when we’re not there to see it. 🙂

The Re-Farmer

Just for a moment

I got a serious of photos while the birds were flitting on and off the feeder, including several of a couple of nuthatches.  This one came and went quickly, so it wasn’t until I uploaded it to the computer that I found myself wondering.

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Is this really a nuthatch?  In all the other photos, the nuthatches are completely white around the eye, but this one is different.  It was there for just a moment, and it looks just like any other nuthatch, except for how the black is on its head.

Now I’m curious.

The Re-Farmer

Caught ’em

I have finally uploaded the photos from the DSLR today, and some of them even turned out!

And some, I’m just going to make do with the best I got. 😀

The first, is the deer we saw yesterday morning.

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This morning, my husband saw two of them, grazing near where we had been leaving feed for them last winter.  We’ve started to pick up deer feed instead of the mixed bird seed we tried over the summer (the birds don’t seem to like it as much as the deer feed!) and will start leaving small amounts out for the deer over the next while.

When I told my mother about the deer coming to eat the apples on the ground, she was quite happy.  It was not something they used to do, and she’s glad they feel comfortable coming here, now. 🙂

One of the things I’ve mentioned before about the birds, is seeing the nuthatches going along upside down.  I’ve been trying to get a photo for months.  Yesterday, I finally caught one upside down …

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I’d say this is the best photo I’ve managed to get, but I think it’s the ONLY photo I’ve managed to get!

They move fast! 😀

I found some other ones I’m happy with that I will post over the next few days.  I hope you enjoy them, too.

The Re-Farmer