I will freely admit that our yard isn’t quite as enticing (or as large) as Terri’s is for birds, due to our many squirrels. We have one seed-feeder that’s squirrel-proof, and two suet feeders. One suet feeder that would be easy for squirrels to get at, is always filled with hot-pepper suet, which the birds love and the squirrels do not. The other suet feeder, made for the woodpeckers with an extension below for their tails, contains ordinary suet. We have at least one pair of Red-shafted Flickers, who visit all year round.
This is a couple of weeks ago. The blur is the double-paned window through which I took the picture.
This was in 2020. We often hear them before we see them, with their high-pitched call. Our neighborhood has many tall evergreen trees, so they have lots of places to perch.
Perhaps my favorite backyard visitor is our Townsend’s Warbler. I first noticed one in 2018, and since then we have had at least two pairs who come around all year.
We also have a pair of Varied Thrushes who visit mostly in winter, but sometimes at other seasons. They are carnivores, so mostly feed on the ground; they also like to try to get at the suet, but can’t seem to get the hang of the feeders.
We get both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees at both the suet and seed feeders all year round.
Our Red-breasted Nuthatches are so much fun to watch as they dart around the yard. At the seed feeder, they get one sunflower seed, then fly to the fence to break it open and eat the seed. They like the suet, too.
We have a Bewick’s wren that comes around occasionally and likes the hot-pepper suet.
We get tiny flocks of Common Bushtits in the winter.
Here’s the Link to Terri’s Original post for this week.