I measured Ellen's house today as one of my Field Test samples for my job training. She fed me lunch (an unexpected fun time!), and I got to watch her birdies. This one was the hardest to picture. It's the tufted titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor. They take one seed at a time from the feeder, then fly to a high branch and eat it. I had a really hard time getting a picture of the nervous little thing.
One of the things we had to give up when our finances crashed was the bird feeder. So, I really enjoy hers. She has a big picture window, and the feeders are really close. Here is an American goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, a male, in drab winter dress.
These two are a lot of fun. The downy woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, is nearly indistinguishable from the hairy woodpecker, Picoides villosus, except by size. But you get to compare the difference. First the downy came to the right side of the suet bag. That's the picture above. Notice how much of the bag he "covers." You have to look at the bag rather than the bird. Because in the picture below the bird looks the same size until you look at the suet bag. You can now see that the bird is as large as the whole length of the bag. That's the hairy woodpecker.
I hope you enjoyed this visit with Ellen's birds!
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