Yang had his nice camera out over the past few weeks and got some beautiful shots of lots of birds on our feeders and in our yard. Here’s one type that I hadn’t seen before, the Pine Siskin. At first, I thought these guys were just House Finches, but I noticed they had yellow tips on their wings and tail feathers. That was different. I looked them up in my trusty Peterson’s – sure enough, I realized we had some Pine Siskins. I haven’t seen these guys for a few weeks, but we enjoyed them during their visits.
You can also see that though they be little, they are fierce! This P.S. was having a nice snack.
However, surrounded by pushy Grackles, Mourning Doves, and Sparrows, he struck a blow for Pine Siskins (and dinner) everywhere by giving the others hell!
He seems to get along much better with the male Rosebreasted Grosbeak.
And speaking of Grosbeaks, Yang got some wonderful shots of the male. Usually, we have at least one pair and at least one unattached male. That’s how things worked out this year. The Grosbeaks come in late spring and usually keep attending our feeders until early or mid-July. This year, I don’t remember seeing any of them after the first week of July.
If you like your birds red, white, and black, Yang also got some shots of a Hairy Woodpecker. As opposed to other years, we hadn’t seen many of these birds in 2019. We did, however, see lots of Downy Woodpeckers. This guy seemed to be not only lovin’ the suet, but looking for more!!
If you want more Woodpecker types, here are some shots that Yang took of a Flicker in our yard.
He loves hunting in the grass!
Like me, he is now taking off! Enjoy your own backyard aviary!