Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Late Autumn Feast

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to get some visitors before leaving for work. The berry tree outside our third-floor condo's window had welcomed the occasional flock of American Robins and even a few Cedar Waxwings, but it never seemed to be living up to its bird-attracting potential. Well, it certainly did on this morning.

The usual suspects like House Sparrows and American Robins were lined up for their turn at the red berries. A Dark-Eyed Junco, the first of the season outside our condo, showed up and snuck a few quick bites.

Our resident Downy Woodpecker, which we have affectionately named Robert Downy Jr., also joined in on the festivities - although he mostly stuck to the suet feeder. To my surprise a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker showed up for the first time outside our condo and downed a few berries!

A few American Goldfinches flew in, followed by some unwelcomed European Starlings. Some of my favorite birds joined in on the festivities as well - a small flock of Cedar Waxwings flew into the tree to feast. Such cool-looking birds!

If anyone knows what kind of tree this is, please let me know. I'm still fairly bad with plant IDs, unless it's a Sweet Gum or an American Holly.


Anonymous said...

I came from Leora's 'Here in HP' blog. I love your downy's name. I finally named our visiting cooper's hawk 'Scary Cooper' I think if I feed you often, then you get a name. I've only had one junco so far. Why they think western NY is a good place to winter is beyond me..lol.. Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

what lovely bird photos, especially the waxwing. Here we have a different species of waxwing and they only visit occasionally, so they're one of my favourite birds. I'm also here via Leora's blog...

bmarsh2567 said...

Not sure about what tree that is, but it looks like a cherry tree. What throws me off, there are no leaves. We have cherry trees (in our woods) and the the birds love them. They're not the "pie" kind, they're smaller. I know this post is over a yr old, but wanted to comment...:) Absolutely gorgeous photographs!!