Friday, February 20, 2009


I took this photo about an hour ago. Despite the snow and cold, it was snowing while I took this picture, these pussywillows prove that winter is slowly loosening it's grip here in Maine.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hairy Woodpecker...

Here is one of the guys that visit the suet feeder; both the downy and hairy woodpeckers visit.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tufted Titmouse...

The tufted titmouse is a lot shyer than the chickadees. Each species of bird that comes to the feeder has it's own limitations on how close they'll let me approach. With the chickadees I can get within three or feet of the feeder and they'll still go to it. The nuthatches about ten feet, the titmouse it's about twenty feet. I have my feeder on the edge of a wooded area so at twenty feet back there are a lot of branches to get in the way of getting a decent photograph. When I go out to take photos I usually stand in one spot for about an hour at a time, if you stand still long enough the birds get used to you. I finally got these two photographs when the titmouse landed in a spot that was fairly unobstructed by branches.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Red Breasted Nuthatch...

Like I mentioned before, the nuthatches are a lot tougher to photograph than the chickadees because they move quicker. This guy stayed still long enough to snap a couple of photos before going to the feeder. I have a couple of different ones that visit, this particular one has a paler breast than the last nuthatch I posted.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hanging In There.....

This guy decided to hang on the branch rather than sit on top.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Red Squirrel....

Another photo of one of the squirrels that comes to the backyard. This one is kind of a pain because he chases the birds away from the feeder.