I’m not a professional photographer, and I’ve never been to exotic foreign lands. But I am an amateur bird-watcher, starting in my own backyard. I am often to be found in our kitchen, peering out the sliding glass door, watching to see who shows up at our two bird-feeders (one seed feeder and a suet-feeder). I have seen in the neighborhood of 25 different varieties of birds visit our yard.
In fact, just yesterday, we were visited by a juvenile red-shafted flicker, who I caught perched on our bird-bath/water source. I could tell he was a juvenile by the lack of the red stripe on his face. He actually sat there for quite awhile, so I could take his picture.
A few years ago, I walked out into the yard, and took this video. I was surprised at how close I was able to get to the feeder without frightening the birds.
The little gluttons! They were using the vine maple on the right as a “staging area” to decide when it was time to flit over to the feeder. They also seem to fling more seed onto the ground than they eat, making them pretty messy eaters. However, our local squirrels help clean up the ground under the feeder, along with the juncos who are mostly ground-feeders.