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Virginia backyard birds

For this post I owe thanks to my aunt Alice. Her house is surrounded by woods, and she maintains a diversity of feeders in her front and back yards: sunflower, nyjer, mixed seed, multiple suet blocks. I got some of my best photos of the trip just staking out on her back porch.

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Tufted Titmouse: the bird that makes everyone go "d'awww!"

My first-ever decent shot of a male Eastern Bluebird. The species is often quite shy.

Carolina Wren

We were sitting in the living room talking when a Red-Bellied Woodpecker came to the suet block hanging just outside the window. I crept up to the glass to photograph him. Feeders are one of the best places to see this species up close. In their natural habitat they usually stay high up in the trees.

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February 2nd, 2012 at 10:17 am
Fantastic photos, as usual! I wish these species were more common around here.

February 2nd, 2012 at 6:28 pm
Thanks! The C. Wren at Britannia continues to elude me...not surprising, as they can be elusive birds even where they're common.

February 2nd, 2012 at 7:57 pm
I last saw it in a backyard of pale green house. He does respond to my iPhone, which is the only way I can see him. I don't want to do that too often, though. I also had a Winter Wren behind the ridge last weekend. I've never seen one here in the winter before!

February 4th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Found him at last! He was patronizing a mixed-seed feeder. I was surprised as I thought wrens would only go for suet.