All of these images were taken within the last two weeks. I've taken so many bird pictures I need to use some of them. We had some bright warm days and it was good to see the red-winged blackbird make an appearance. The grackles have also returned. While I love their iridescent colors I do not enjoy the constant emptying of the feeder. To try and get them to move on I'm leaving this feeder empty for a couple of days. I have another spot closer to the house they don't seem to bother but the other birds enjoy. We'll see.Here the ever present cardinal and a junco share lunch.In the same week which was last week we had a quick snowfall that at sometimes was a whiteout as you can see from this shot. I think Mrs. Cardinal is voicing her dismay. Notice, doves aren't always ground feeders. At my house they don't wait for scrapes to fall they fly right up there and get their fair share.It was crowded everywhere on this day with all of them jostling for a space to eat.The male cardinals stayed nearby at the top of the pergola perched on the bare wisteria branches. Look closely and you'll see three females perched there as well but better hidden in their subdued colors.My favorite visitor of the week was this little guy who showed up on the snowy day and probably wondered how he had miscalculated his arrival time.
All of these are taken through my windows but I think if blogger cooperates you'll be able to click on them to make them larger to see more of the detail.