The Downy woodpeckers have become frequent visitors, and I am coming to recognize their little calls from the chinquapin oak tree as I sit in my office.
The suet tempted in this male downy woodpecker, who is being observed by the female downy and a white-breasted nuthatch.
The red-bellied woodpecker is higher in the bird feeder dominance hierarchy and the downy waits its turn.
The red-bellied woodpecker is fluffed up in the cold weather with a little suet on her beak. I think this is a female.
The male red-bellied woodpecker has an eye on the downy woodpecker, who is waiting him out further up the tree.
The downy woodpeckers were pecking on the ice and getting a drink in the frozen birdbath.
Male and female downy woodpeckers.
A close up of the male downy woodpecker.
White-breasted nuthatches are cute and fun to watch as they scamper down the tree.
Another shot of the nuthatch, who is lower than the downy in the bird feeder dominance hierarchy, so watches and waits for its turn. I love the beautiful color combinations of black, gray and white on these birds with their long, pointy beaks.
When the snow melted the squirrels found nuts in the ground to munch on, but soon discovered the suet.
The squirrel managed to get the suet feeder open and run away with a chunk of suet a few times, so right now we have the feeder empty.
Dan decided to throw a few snowballs at the squirrel!
White snow covers the branches and contrasts with the red cyclamen. Today there is no snow on the ground, but the weather predicts snow for tomorrow morning.
If you are longing for spring, here is a blurry shot of the snow crocuses from two weeks ago, around January 21st.
I just finished reading and really enjoyed 438 Days: An extraordinary true story of survival at sea, by Jonathan Franklin. Winter evenings are nice for cozy reading!
Other fascinating current reading: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt.