Monday, January 11, 2010

Recent backyard visitors

Winter has arrived in southern Ontario. With snow covering the ground, I've had a lot of feeder activity. (Sorry about the lack of water, birds, the heater blew out.) Among the regular visitors since January 1 are house sparrows, mourning doves, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, white-breasted nuthatches (a first), and downy woodpeckers.

Male downy woodpecker, with great view of the red nuchal patch:

Normally, I wouldn't post my blurry pictures. But this one's pretty cool:
Female downy woodpecker

Cardinal, just looking plump: