Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #225: Wildlife Close to Home

My back yard is teeming with local wildlife, and I try to get photos of as many creatures as I can.  We have a seed bird-feeder, and two suet feeders; one with regular suet, and one with a hot-pepper suet that squirrels hate but the birds love.

Steller's Jays10-18-22

This pair of Steller’s Jays drank from the birdbath, then did their best to get at the suet.  Not being woodpeckers, they have a harder time than you’d think.

And speaking of woodpeckers, this Red-shafted Flicker comes around often.

We also get little flocks of bushtits.  The hang upside down in the branches to our vine maple, and in the winter they crowd onto the suet feeder.

Thirteen Common Bushtits at our suet feeder
Thirteen Common Bushtits at our backyard suet feeder, January 2012

My favorite, however, is our Townsend’s Warbler.  He used to come around only in the winter, but now we see him most of the year.

I think he’s just so cute with his little black mask.

And we don’t just get birds, either.  What’s that in the background?  A fence, you say?  Nah, it’s the Squirrel Highway!  Can you spot all three squirrels in the middle photo on top?

And, for a little comic relief:


That’s the underside of our Rufous-sided Towhee.  Towhees are normally ground-feeders, but this guy just had to get at that suet.  And that’s a Junco on the fence too.  (sorry about the reflections, that picture was taken through a sliding glass door)

Here’s the Link to this week’s Original Post.  And Tina’s too!

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