I'm working on the school yearbook and the deadline is this week, so it's work, work, work, most of which is on the computer both at school and at home. I should be done soon, but meanwhile here's a quick look at some of the birds that are visiting our feeder in the mornings.
We're quite taken by this Red-headed Woodpecker. Actually, I'm fairly sure we have two of them in our yard, along with a small Downey Woodpecker. It's always a thrill to see any of these striking birds.
We have several pairs of cardinals and for some reason the males seem redder nowadays.
This evening I was surprised to see this Red-winged Blackbird, one of Ben's favorite birds. I guess they must migrate during the winter, since I haven't seen any around for months. It was only late last summer that they started to visit our feeder, a sad result, I think, of losing their big tall pussy-willow habitat by the neighboring pond. I don't know what happened to that stand of willows, but they've been gone for a while and I guess the Blackbirds are looking for other places to hang out. Well, they are welcome here!
These photos were taken with my new S100 Canon from a distance of about ten feet, with no tripod and through a window; they turned out pretty well, I think. I sure love this camera! Thanks, Ben!