Downy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Cardinal and Sparrow

downy woodpecker
At some point last week we had a large variety of birds visiting our backyard (downy woodpecker, tufted fitmouse, cardinal, blue jays and sparrow). Today, with about eight inches of snow on the ground (much of it fell during the day) I saw no birds in our backyard. I checked the birdfeeder, and it had no snow on the top and was full of seed from yesterday, so it must be the birds go elsewhere when the snow is coming down.

I saw the lovely red spot on the head woodpecker high in my neighbor’s tree. I quickly looked up woodpeckers online and found a hairy woodpecker. Michelle told me it was probably a downy woodpecker – those are smaller than hairy woodpeckers. Indeed, I thought it small (and cute). Michelle wrote a whole post on how to identify a downy woodpecker and differentiate it from its look-alike cousin, the hairy woodpecker.

tufted titmous with seed in his mouth
I saw several tufted titmice last week – here’s one tufted titmouse cutie with a seed in his mouth.

blue jay
This isn’t the clearest shot of a blue jay, but there were several blue jay visitors as well.

I wonder if my cardinal friends feel an imposition – the yard used to be mostly sparrows and some cardinals. They no longer seem to rule the roost (the blue jays now seem like the rulers, when they arrive).

Oh, I just thought this sparrow was the cat’s meow! Or maybe not, because then he would get eaten by the cat …

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