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Robin in the Snow

A small flock of American Robins have stuck around for the winter. It seems odd to see Robins in the snow.

Robin on Branch

Robin on Branch

Robin in Snow

Robin in Snow

Robin Eating a Berry

Robin Eating a Berry

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Backyard Birds During a Light Snowfall

Purple Finch in a Light Snowfall

Purple Finch in a Light Snowfall

Junco on a Branch During a Light Snowfall

Junco on a Branch During a Light Snowfall

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A Pair of Cardinals

Female Cardinal Eating a Berry

Female Cardinal Eating a Berry

Male Cardinal on a Branch #2

Male Cardinal on a Branch #2

Male Cardinal on a Branch #1

Male Cardinal on a Branch #1

Male Cardinal on Feeder

Male Cardinal on Feeder

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Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

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Birds in the Park Alongside Ashbridges Bay

I took the dog out for a walk yesterday and brought along some bird seed with me, intending to take it to a spot near the lake where I know the chickadees tend to congregate, and hoping to get a shot or two of them. I went via the jogging path that runs alongside Ashbridges Bay, and remembered that there was a small, homemade bird feeder that somebody put a a couple of years ago in a small copse of trees. I went over there to see if there was any seed, and found that there was none. So I put in a handful of seed and within seconds a flock of black-capped chickadees were excitedly chirping and diving to the feeder to grab a beakful.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

This started to attract other birds, seeing what the sudden commotion was about. A pair of nuthatches came to take a look, and also started darting to the feeder for seed.

White–breasted Nuthatch

White–breasted Nuthatch

Then a female Downy Woodpecker appeared, and started looking for hidden insects in the bark of an adjacent tree.

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

But the best was when a male Cardinal flew in for a peek, and picked a branch which was bathed in sunlight, resulting in this picture:

Male Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Will have to head back there with more seed sometime soon, since these guys seemed hungry.

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