Birdies, it’s cold outside! Feeders to the rescue!

Temperatures have been in the teens and twenties in Everett for a couple of days, which is pretty unusual around here in Western Washington.  We have been very fortunate not to lose power, and our backyard bird feeders have been very busy.  This morning, we got a little flock of Common Bushtits, who fluttered back and forth between the two suet feeders.

Bushtits-song sparrow-suet

If you look closely, you can spot the little bushtit sitting on the Japanese Maple tree, waiting his turn at the suet.  I call it their staging area.

song-sparrow-suet

That’s our Song Sparrow.  He has learned how to stand on the basket feeder to get at the suet.  It took him a while to get the hang of it.

The most unusual sight this morning was our female Varied Thrush, actually getting up on the suet feeder.  They are mostly ground-feeders, but with the ground covered with snow, they have to get creative.  This is the first time I have actually seen our bird getting some suet, and staying there for an amount of time.  Good job, Mrs. Thrush!

Varied-Thrush-Suet

Varied-Thrush-fence

The Japanese Maple we call Fluffy is looking pretty forlorn these days.  Not so Fluffy.

not-so-fluffy-JapaneseMaple

Finally, I uploaded a little video I took of the bushtits on the suet feeders.  It can be found at my Rumble site, Here.  Enjoy!

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