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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    You likely get Hairy Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers as well. HAWO are similar to Downies but larger with longer bills and no black spots on the white outer tail features (or retrocies).
    Yes to both! And the other one whose feeding habits are similar (on the trunks of trees and the suet) are the white-breasted nuthatches, of which we see many.
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    The woodpeckers we have in these parts are plain gray, like most every other bird. Most native birds species are gray, and/or brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Caught this pileated woodpecker pecking away this evening.

    A bit blurry. Hand-held with a zoom lens.

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    Fantastic! Lucky you. I've only had two Pileated sightings in my life. We get lots of Downies and Hairies at our feeder. We see the Downies pretty much daily year-round. The Hairies aren't quite as frequent, but we still see them a couple of times a week. And we get a lot red-breasted nuthatches, and the occasional white-breasted. But what I'm really waiting for this spring is the return of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. They've stopped by our place for the last couple of years on their way further North. Last year we had five males and four females at our feeder at one time! This year I have a better camera so I'm hoping to get some good shots. Plus I'm working from home full-time now (as, probably, are most of you) so I have more opportunity to look out the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    The woodpeckers we have in these parts are plain gray, like most every other bird. Most native birds species are gray, and/or brown.
    You have very cool woodpeckers out there... Arizona, Ladder-backed, Acorn, Gila, plus the Gilded Flicker.
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    Just got a glimpse of my first bluebird of the season setting up in a birdhouse right in front of my home in a crabapple tree. Looks like we'll get some nice shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Just got a glimpse of my first bluebird of the season setting up in a birdhouse right in front of my home in a crabapple tree. Looks like we'll get some nice shots.
    Nice! Hoping you'll post a few here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Nice! Hoping you'll post a few here.
    Here's one:

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    ^^^ That is a GREAT shot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    ^^^ That is a GREAT shot!
    It was easy, too. They're right in front of our house. That was shot from inside the front door.
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    Great bluebird shots!

    I had a Bobolink and a Sora this morning on my walk along with four warbler species (Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Palm and Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)).
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    Goldfinches have started moving through the area.
    Nice to see different colors now and again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Great bluebird shots!
    Thanks!

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    Goldfinches have started moving through the area.
    Nice to see different colors now and again.
    Yeah, I think one caught my eye the other day here in western PA.

    I'm awaiting the familiar Oriole call. This is the time they show up each year. I wonder if the lower temps are keeping them at bay.
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    The bluebird pictures are amazing! As far as goldfinches go, this is a regular sight in our backyard of late.

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    I really need to get an actual camera (I know, I say that every year).
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    I just got a new 100-400 m43 zoom ( 200-800 equiv ). I need to get out while I have the time.
    The weather has been very changeable as of late.
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    Just before the COVID-19 lockdown, I upgraded my lens to a Nikon f5.6 500mm lens. So far, I'm very happy with the results. I haven't played much with the 1.4x Teleconverter yet, but with my D500, it would put me at around 1000mm.

    Here's an American Woodcock chick (one of four) that we stumbled upon in the woods in Berks County, PA two weeks ago while searching for Ruffed Grouse.
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    ^^ Cool!
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    We have tons of Goldfinches. They love niger seed. If you want to attract them, get a designated finch feeder filled with niger.

    We have a couple of Blue Jays hanging out in our back yard. They must have a nest in a nearby tree. They were hanging around our pond the other day and I got some good pics of one of them bathing in the pond. I just have to transfer them to my computer. Maybe on the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn View Post
    We have tons of Goldfinches. They love niger seed. If you want to attract them, get a designated finch feeder filled with niger.

    We have a couple of Blue Jays hanging out in our back yard. They must have a nest in a nearby tree. They were hanging around our pond the other day and I got some good pics of one of them bathing in the pond. I just have to transfer them to my computer. Maybe on the weekend.
    I have had many goldfinches feeding at my feeder full of sunflower seeds in the past. That’s when the feeder was on my back deck. I moved the feeder to a tree in the front yard and have seen a few, but not very often. However, there are plenty across the street where a feeder has a different seed. I did try thistle seed and that actually wasn’t as popular as the sunflower seed on my back deck. We have witnessed Cardinals engaging with sunflower seed, a feeding act consistently. A female will fly to a branch and a male will go to the feeder and get a seed (or its germ) and fly up to the girl and feed it to her. Amazing
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    When we lived in Illinois (far north suburbs) we had a deck with a nijer seed feeder, and it wouldn't be uncommon to have 8-10 goldfinches feeding there at the same time - they loved it. When we moved to our current house in Iowa in 2012, we expected the same or even better (it IS the state bird, after all), but we were sorely disappointed. We literally didn't see a single one for years, and finally gave up on the nijer seed feeder. Last year we started putting out sunflower hearts for our house finches, cardinals and sparrows, and we started to see the goldfinches again. This spring they've been numerous, almost like 10 years ago. Feeding patterns change, I suppose. Now I'm wondering if we should put out a nijer seed feeder again!
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    It's spelled "nyger."

    Anyway, you guys clearly have interest in birds based on your feeder talk. Do you ever go out looking for birds at parks or preserves? There are SO many species out there to discover beyond the goldfinches and cardinals. I went to my local park this morning and had 41 species including a Common Gallinule (rare for us), Yellow Warblers. Warbling Vireos, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-shouldered Hawk, Virginia Rail and Northern Waterthrushes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    We have witnessed Cardinals engaging with sunflower seed, a feeding act consistently. A female will fly to a branch and a male will go to the feeder and get a seed (or its germ) and fly up to the girl and feed it to her. Amazing
    I watch them do it all the time. It's quite charming to see the courting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    It's spelled "nyger."

    Anyway, you guys clearly have interest in birds based on your feeder talk. Do you ever go out looking for birds at parks or preserves? There are SO many species out there to discover beyond the goldfinches and cardinals. I went to my local park this morning and had 41 species including a Common Gallinule (rare for us), Yellow Warblers. Warbling Vireos, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-shouldered Hawk, Virginia Rail and Northern Waterthrushes.
    I never take the time to do that. I even have a nice patch of woods behind my house. I just don't know them well enough to document what I'm seeing.

    I do have a pond at the end of my street where I saw a few I never saw before. First time I ever saw a Belted Kingfisher. I also saw Cedar Waxwings and what I'm pretty sure were Black-throated Blue Warblers.

    Still waiting for the Orioles to show up. They seem to be a bit late this year.
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