Thursday, October 25, 2012

Feeders Open, Lunch is Served

For a number of years we have been feeding our feathered friends year round but this year we decided that we would let them fend for themselves until fall.  I've reconstructed the frame that holds our feeders with 1/2 inch galvanized electrical piping in an effort to make it harder for the squirrels, opossums and raccoons from raiding the feeders.  So far we know that the squirrels can climb but they find it hard to maintain their balance on the pipe.  

One of these days I have to go to the feed mill and pick-up some cob corn to keep the squirrels happy this winter.

Blue Jay keeping a wary eye out for competition for a seat at the feeder.

A pair of Mourning Doves sun themselves on a sunny October afternoon.

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker enjoying the first suet of the season.

Mourning Dove fluffing its feathers on an old tree stump in the yard.

Female Cardinal eating seeds off plants growing in the older feeder area outside the family room window.

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Female Pileated Woodpecker, Pennsylvania's largest woodpecker, looking for bugs on a tree covered with lichen.

Gray Squirrel looking for the seeds under the bird feeders.

Black-capped Chickadee that hit the window.   I went outside and held it until it revitalized itself so none of the other critters would get it.

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