Bird Feeder Survey 18Jan2016

Backyard wildlife activity continues to increase in response to frigid temperatures and accumulating snow cover. This, the second of my “bird” feeder posts, features a few more of the regular visitors to supplemental feeding sites around the house.

At least 6 Blue Jays feed aggressively and often, throughout the day.

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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata; 1 of 2)

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Most active in early morning and late evening, cardinals tend to visit the feeders throughout the day as the winter weather becomes more severe.

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

The Titmouse is an irregular and unpredictable visitor. I usually see just one, and it rarely lingers for more than a few seconds. A dainty eater, it darts in, grabs a seed, and poof! It’s gone.

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Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Tracks and traces in the snow tell the story of resident cottontails. They’re mostly nocturnal, sneaking into the feeders under the cover of darkness.

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Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

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6 thoughts on “Bird Feeder Survey 18Jan2016

  1. These are really great. I particularly like the illusive Tufted Titmouse and the rabbit…The Blue Jay in the falling snow has a nice feeling to it….

  2. I absolutely love the blue jay picture 2. I am never able to catch them to hat still! Beautiful Nick and reminds we why I love upstate NY. No small feat given the weather. Lol

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