Suet Wars

Jackpot (891x1024)When Winter’s cold begrudges Spring’s return to warmth, bird’s appetites soar. So you may find atypical “feeder birds” battling over resources.  confrontation (1024x683)

Insectivorous species that would normally not come to seed feeders will approach suet, and if times are lean, fights will ensue! This leads to some awesome sightings, as well as fascinating interactions. Species seen at suet include the ubiquitous woodpeckers, wrens, mockingbirds, and the occasional warbler. Awkward (1024x970)  YRWA (1024x773)

But marital bliss may also be seen, as in this pair of Downy Woodpeckers sharing a meal.domestic bliss (1117x1280)

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A Cold (Southern) Winter

It surprised me, when I moved to Tennessee, how cold it can get here. Originally from Pennsylvania, it seems that driving 12 hours south would put you in a warmer climate. But the growing zone is the same here as for my native Philadelphia. White throated portrait (1280x913) Shadow (776x777)
One thing we usually don’t get here is snow, but the last 2 weeks saw more than our share. My life-long hobby of feeding the birds amped up considerably due to the frozen, covered ground. When I walked outside recently to chase a passing grackle hoard off the feeders, the resident songbirds, more used to my presence, provided me with some great photo opportunities.

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