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Watchful

July 15, 2017 - I'm not sure whether this blue jay was looking for food or a mate, but there are a lot of active birds around these days...
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Patiently Waiting

June 14, 2017 - After a quick stop at the feeder, this male cardinal appeared to be waiting for the crowd to clear before going back for...
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All By Myself

June 07, 2017 - This starling appears daily now and normally feeds with the finches. Today, it chased the finches off. Maybe it needs an...
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Fishing the Shoreline

June 01, 2017 - This blue heron seems to have found its sweet spot for fishing our lake. He shows up most days now and patiently awaits...
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Awaiting Its Mate

May 31, 2017 - The male perched and carefully watched over its mate while she was feeding on the ground under the feeders. The loyalty...
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Splish Splash

May 28, 2017 - Seems like morning is bath time for everyone around here.
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The High Ground

May 27, 2017 - Makes you wonder if this goose knows something we don't -- like it's going to rain so hard we should start building an a...
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Love Is in the Air

May 24, 2017 - Spring has arrived and the mating season has begun.
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Making Waves

May 22, 2017 - Just before this scenario, this mallard couple was enjoying some quiet time together cleaning up the fallen seed under t...
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Air Drying

May 21, 2017 - After a thorough bath air drying is good before an attempted takeoff.
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Bath Time

May 20, 2017 - The geese follow the swan's example of a morning bath.
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Backward Glance

May 18, 2017 - Waiting for the opportune moment to dive at the bird feeders while screeching and chasing all the other birds away. That...
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The Drifter

May 13, 2017 - Right after the last skim ice melted the ducks started showing up and spending the day.
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Welcome to Morris Lake

May 12, 2017 - The family's first outing on our lake. Like last year, there are five cygnets and we got to watch two of them grow into...
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Sharing A Meal

May 11, 2017 - And you thought blue jays were just loud and mean.
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Hanging Tough

May 10, 2017 - This blue jay was having a feeding frenzy of his own while keeping all the other birds away with its screeching every ti...
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American Goldfinches

May 09, 2017 - Now they are coming in pairs. That's a male -- bright yellow -- and a female -- olive yellow. They often are referred to...
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Spring Arrival

May 08, 2017 - The spring feeders are up, one of which had food specifically for the finches. Guess it works as this American Goldfinch...
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Eat and Run or Fly

May 07, 2017 - After a long meal, having had the feeder all to itself, this Blue Jay is prepared to take off and harass some other bird...
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Opposing Views

May 06, 2017 - Looks like the blackbird was advising the starling to move on to another feeder.
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Can I Come In?

May 05, 2017 - "Woody" doesn't know it, but he's knocking in the wrong place. Hopefully, he won't drill a hole through the roof.
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New Setup

May 04, 2017 - This is the new feeder array for spring. The wren house is covered in peanut butter and bird seed. Let's see who takes o...
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Kickin' Back

April 24, 2017 - Not to be outdone by its smaller cousins, the red bellied woodpecker dominates the suet cakes whenever its around.
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Scramble

April 21, 2017 - Reminds me of the activity when we used to scramble the fighter jets after an incoming unknown aircraft. Same flurry of...
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Late Snow

April 09, 2017 - Just when it was warming up, here comes another snowfall. Oh well, at least there's a suet cake.
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Rest Stop

April 08, 2017 - The snow had started again, and this male cardinal was loading up for the long haul. Fortunately for all of us, it didn'...
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Move It!

April 07, 2017 - Have you ever been there? This is the swan version of "back seat driver".
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European Starling

April 05, 2017 - Another new visitor to our feeders. The yellow bill is an indication of spring. Apparently it will turn gray in the fall...
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Carpodacus Purpureus

April 01, 2017 - This male purple finch is a welcome addition to the flock that visits our feeders on a daily basis. Always welcome newco...
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Almost There

March 30, 2017 - This downy woodpecker is a regular at the feeders, but his favorites are the suet cakes.
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Windblown

March 29, 2017 - This was the day after the big storm when we had 60mph winds and lots of power outages. Even though the winds had droppe...
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Clean Up Crew

March 26, 2017 - Seems like the doves and the squirrels get along just fine when it comes to cleaning up the fallen seed from the feeders...
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Cardinalis

March 25, 2017 - This male cardinal looks like it is living up to its name which means "Important" in Latin.
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Incoming

March 24, 2017 - Finally figured out the name. It's a combination of the Scandinavian word for little and the suffix "mouse" from Old Eng...
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Perfect Couple

March 23, 2017 - This female and male cardinal seemed to have posed for this photo. It was a lot easier to capture them together than the...
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Inbound and Outbound

March 23, 2017 - Almost as busy at the feeder as it is on the runways at Detroit Metro Airport.
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Air Drying

March 22, 2017 - After a quick bathe it's time to dry off before taking off.
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Morning Bath

March 22, 2017 - Part of the morning ritual.
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Cardinalis - Male

March 21, 2017 - This northern cardinal essentially is an attractive all red bird with a black mask. It's easy to identify by sight and b...
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Hairy Woodpecker

March 20, 2017 - Just announced its arrival and scattered the other birds.
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Lophodytes Cucullatus

March 19, 2017 - More commonly known as a hooded merganser female.
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Lophodytes Cucullatus - Male

March 18, 2017 - When the male merganser raises its hood, or crest, it will reveal a large white patch.
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Mallards

March 17, 2017 - Wonder which one of these male mallards will win her over.
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Mallard

March 15, 2017 - This male mallard seems to be out of the loop and looking for a mate.
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Nest Building

March 15, 2017 - Last year, the swans nested at the opposite end of the lake so we couldn't check the progress of the cygnets from egg la...
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I'm Baaack!

March 14, 2017 - Haven't seen this hawk or snow for several weeks now. The birds don't agree, but I think the hawk is fun; the snow I can...
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Could It Be?

March 13, 2017 - What a great sight on not such a great day. Temperature in the 20's, light snow falling and wind out of the north and pr...
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Searching

March 10, 2017 - I was sitting at the desk working on taxes (ugh) when this magnificent swan flew by looking for open water. Almost misse...
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Red Bellied

March 09, 2017 - This Red-bellied woodpecker has become a daily visitor. It's sometimes referred to as a "zebra-backed" woodpecker.
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Merganser

March 05, 2017 - The ducks have returned home early as the ice is gone and temperatures have been above normal most days.
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Floating on In

March 03, 2017 - The feeders are full and the lunchtime crowd is here, especially the flock of finches.
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Corn Fed

March 01, 2017 - This bluejay discovered a new birdseed mix and obviously liked the corn. Of course, now the deer have discovered it too!...
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Another View

February 28, 2017 - Even though this woodpecker has a very red head, it is a "red-bellied" woodpecker due to a red tinge on its belly. Go fi...
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Ready to Go

February 27, 2017 - Without the leaves on the trees, many of the birds have taken to perching to observe the action before jumping in to fee...
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My New Perch

February 26, 2017 - This woodpecker has decided that drilling into suet is far easier than looking for insects in the trees.
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Straight Ahead

February 25, 2017 - These nuthatches rarely stop for a break long enough to capture a head on shot. Got lucky.
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On the Edge

February 24, 2017 - Great observation perch to see what's going on at the feeders before taking the leap.
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The Prize

February 23, 2017 - The winner of the peanut prize, and proud of it!
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Incoming

February 22, 2017 - Here it is mid-February and we are setting records highs resulting in an early thaw. The swans are back surveying the la...
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Hiding Out

February 21, 2017 - This finch almost escaped getting captured by the camera. It blended in almost too well with its surroundings.
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Over the Top

February 20, 2017 - One of several bluejays that love to scatter the smaller birds at the feeders.
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Double "T"

February 19, 2017 - The new birdseed mix seems to be attracting a wider variety of birds along with a larger herd of deer. Who could ask for...
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Looking Before Leaping

February 07, 2017 - The new feeder holds 10+ pounds of food which keeps the birds fed longer and keeps me from having to fill the feeders ev...
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Slim Pickings

February 06, 2017 - Apparently, this white-berated nuthatch decided there was too much commotion at the feeders. Maybe the dining alone opti...
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Do or Don't

February 04, 2017 - This male cardinal perched for a long time before taking a taste of the suet cake.
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Camouflaged

February 03, 2017 - This tufted titmouse was waiting for the feeder activity to settle down before checking in for lunch.
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Up & Away

February 02, 2017 - These little guys are in and out fast. Makes getting a good shot a little more difficult.
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Stiff Competition

February 01, 2017 - These finches are here all day and the competition for the feeder access holes intensifies as the food level drops. Ther...
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Attack Mode

February 01, 2017 - As graceful and gracious as they appear, you do not want to intrude on their territory.
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Frozen Food

January 31, 2017 - Everyone has to eat, but I think I'll stay in and get my food on dry land.
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Preening before Dinner

January 30, 2017 - I don't think it's vanity but these swans do spend a lot of time bathing and preening.
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Finch Buffet

January 29, 2017 - Never let the weather slow you down.
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The Drifter

January 27, 2017 - his blue jay did not seem to be in any hurry to get to the feeder, nor did it announce that it was incoming. Must have b...
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Surrounded

January 26, 2017 - It was a real education watching the swans isolate and encircle the geese one=by-one and then chase them off the feeding...
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Quiet Time

January 25, 2017 - After participating in the latest feeding frenzy, this finch decided to take a break.
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Not Welcome

January 25, 2017 - These Canadian Geese thought they could share in the feeding area in front of our home. The swans had s bit different pe...
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Family Dining

January 24, 2017 - The surviving cygnets are all grown up now. Hard to tell them from the parents as they are only slightly smaller.
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All Mine

January 24, 2017 - After dining alone, this nuthatch decided to return to the feeder and all its frenzied activity.
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Debate Time

January 23, 2017 - These finches are very protective, and aggressive, when feeding. Makes for a lot of interesting photo opportunities.
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Away They Go

January 23, 2017 - And who should appear overhead -- It wasn't Santa Claus, it was a Coopers Hawk looking for something to eat.
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Security Check

January 20, 2017 - This hairy woodpecker sat apart from the feeders for quite some time before entering the foray. Cautious at first, but o...
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Two on One

January 20, 2017 - Looks like a kiss. Best guess is the fight for food is about to begin.
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Bug Lookout

January 19, 2017 - This hairy woodpecker showed up within 15 minutes of the first suet cake getting hung out near the feeders.
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Woodpeckers in Winter

January 18, 2017 - This red bellied woodpecker has been hanging around ever since the first snowfall. Do you suppose it remembers the gourm...
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Hairy Woodpecker

January 17, 2017 - Winter has arrived, the suet cakes are out and the woodpeckers are back.
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Don't Even Think About It

January 16, 2017 - If you look closely, you can read the woodpecker's mind.
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Size Does Not Matter

January 15, 2017 - When it comes to food, the finches will even face off with a blue jay who are known to be aggressive.
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Patience

January 12, 2017 - This hawk -- a Coopers Hawk -- was a new arrival during our first snowstorm. Caught me by surprise as it came in low fro...
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All By Myself

January 11, 2017 - When they clean their feathers with their beaks, they often roll sideways on the water. Once again, I haven't been quite...
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Tufted Ducks

January 10, 2017 - Sense of competition among these ducks "is highly prevalent as they compete with other aquatic creatures like fish for f...
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Snow Ballet

January 10, 2017 - The feeding frenzy never slows down. The pace might even have picked up with the change in weather.
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Peeking In

January 09, 2017 - Of all the wildlife on the property, the swans seem to have no fear of the people.
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Sneaky

January 08, 2017 - Oe of the four swans in the family that dominates our lake.
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Laggard

January 07, 2017 - The flock of geese that landed about a week ago, all took off suddenly before the fist snow. I don't think this "guy" go...
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In for A Landing

January 06, 2017 - This swan was making quite a splash coming in for the day.
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Male Mallard

January 05, 2017 - The sun sure made this mallard glow. A few days later it snowed, and the glow was gone.
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My Turn

January 05, 2017 - More finches than feeder access holes.
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Watching & Waiting

January 04, 2017 - This Coopers Hawk spent a long time watching and waiting for a meal to show up around the feeders. Must admit, I spent j...
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Ebony & Ivory

January 03, 2017 - Interesting contrast. This is what keeps me occupied part of each day.
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Last Visit

January 02, 2017 - These geese arrived very suddenly, hung around off and on for a week, and took off just before the fist snow arrived on...
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The Couple

December 31, 2016 - The couple is back together again, but still the only ones on the lake. It's turned cold so maybe these two are the last...
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Self Reflection

December 26, 2016 - This adult swan decided to separate briefly from the family. Looked like it wanted to check itself out before returning...
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Mallards

December 25, 2016 - Even though it has gotten much colder, not all of the ducks have left with the other "snowbirds".
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King of the Hill

December 24, 2016 - Definitely was no room for two blue jays at one feeding hole. Sharing was not in the mix.
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No Room at the Feeder

December 22, 2016 - Guess I'm going to have to break down and provide more feeding stations or this could turn into a combat zone.
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Mallard

December 21, 2016 - When the mallards, other duck species and geese start showing up on our lake, you know they're on their way south. Must...
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Taking Off

December 19, 2016 - Once finished eating the blue jays typically go perch in a nearby tree and then return full speed and loudly calling out...
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Still Not Talking

December 18, 2016 - Could be that this morning dove is looking for some company.
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Heading Out

December 17, 2016 - Fully fed and flying out -- at least for the next five minutes. Seems like these finches are on a feeding merry-go-round...
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Flying "Piglets"

December 16, 2016 - There has to be a spotter somewhere. The feeder gets filled and within minutes the area is full of finches. The feed dis...
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Solitude

December 15, 2016 - It's very unusual to see one adult swan cruising the lake by itself. Normally, the family of four is a tightly knot grou...
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Target Sighted

December 14, 2016 - This Coopers Hawk showed up and apparently decided with the multiple feeders attracting small birds, this site could bec...
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Snow Ballet

December 14, 2016 - I called it a "ballet", but as it turned out these two finches were "positioning" for power. It turned out to be a prelu...
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The Hoodie

December 10, 2016 - Don't see many of these, but this male hooded merganser duck was one of several that briefly showed up before heading of...
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Happy Face

December 09, 2016 - Another satisfied customer leaving the feeder -- at least for a few minutes.
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Standoff

December 07, 2016 - These two blue jays were not exactly in a "sharing" mood.
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Acrobatics

December 02, 2016 - Looks like the finch was enjoying watching the fight between these two blue jays. Sort of like the entertainment before...
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Combat Zone

November 30, 2016 - New food mix brought out the aggressive nature of the jays.
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Food Line

November 28, 2016 - Just before the rain showers came in again, and the feeding frenzy began in earnest.
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Says Who!

November 26, 2016 - Tis blue jay and this finch appeared to be having a debate over who had priority at the feeder. Apparently, when it come...
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Body Slam

November 23, 2016 - No question about who was going to eat first.
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Race to Dinner

November 21, 2016 - These two blue jays were on a tear to get to the feeding hole first. The finch speed to decide to slow down and wait the...
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Defense

November 18, 2016 - No more "Mr. Nice Guy". There only was a little food left in the feeder and these two didn't want to share. I watched f...
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Up Close & Personal

November 15, 2016 - Looked like a negotiation over who feeds first.
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"Woody Returns"

November 15, 2016 - This red bellied woodpecker has been absent for many months. His return is another indicator that the temperature is dro...
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Feed Me

November 14, 2016 - Trying to isolate the one finch from the flock has taken a lot of different angles, settings and time, but finally got o...
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Rest Stop

November 12, 2016 - The ducks have arrived a few weeks later this season, but it's a sure sign the weather is about to turn colder. This is...
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Food Fight

November 03, 2016 - When the seed level in the feeder drops, the finches attitudes change from "friendly flock member" to "it's mine".
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Eyes Right

October 22, 2016 - Once these two landed from opposite directions, they checked out the area for possible competition before settling in to...
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Harassment

October 20, 2016 - This is not a mating dance or a winged ballet, it's a "finch fight" to get at the remaining food in the feeder.
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My Turn

October 19, 2016 - The lower the food level, the higher the level of aggression.
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Fanned Out

October 17, 2016 - Belly full, time to take off.
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Rush Hour

October 15, 2016 - Looks like the woodpecker is telling the finches to head out.
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Trash Talk

October 14, 2016 - These geese were "in your face" and appeared to be getting aggressive with each other. Don't know what was said, but the...
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The Challenger

October 11, 2016 - After watching the finches dominate the fully loaded feeder, this blue jay decided it was time to take over. So, after a...
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In the Middle

October 09, 2016 - Trying to isolate one finch when there are 15-20 zipping in and out gets to be a real challenge, something I always enjo...
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Positioning

October 06, 2016 - New mathematical formula: There is a direct relationship between finch attitude and the level of food in the feeder. The...
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Scalped

October 05, 2016 - I don't know what to say about this blue jay except that it was having a really bad feather day and probably should be l...
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Feet First

October 04, 2016 - Didn't find out if the incoming finch was going to grab the feeding finch or push it off the access port. The feeding fi...
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Floating In

October 03, 2016 - Normally, there's a crowd with up to as many as 20 - 30 finches flocking to the feeder and battling for position. This f...
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Two on One

September 30, 2016 - Had some extra time yesterday so I spent watching the finches work the feeder. Normally, they feed at every opening that...
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Finch Fight

September 29, 2016 - Interesting how the finch behavior changed when the feed level dropped to the point where only two openings with food w...
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One & Done

September 26, 2016 - There was a break in the daily flock of finches and the other birds now have taken over. Looks like this little guy was...
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Perched

September 26, 2016 - Don't know how long this white heron will stay before leaving for Florida, but I might just follow it's lead.
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Making Up

September 24, 2016 - Now that everyone has eaten, the happy couple appears to be making up.
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The Complainer

September 21, 2016 - This was not a happy camper. The feeder was covered with finches and this one decided to sit it out and complain rather...
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Suspended

September 19, 2016 - As they say, "Timing is everything".
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Double Vision

September 17, 2016 - I can never get enough of these natural reflections when I'm out wandering with the camera.
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Up Close and Personal

September 14, 2016 - I have the opportunity to photograph a lot of finches most days, so I decided to try and get closer and to try and singl...
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Full House

September 11, 2016 - Reduced speed; increased speed -- of feeding that is.
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Food Fight

September 09, 2016 - I've already discovered that the bird activity continues to increase as the food level drops. Now it seems like there's...
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Feels So Good

September 06, 2016 - Another step in the bathing/preening process. This is just before feather plucking began.
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Plucking Time

September 05, 2016 - Learned something new this morning. After rolling over several times in the lake, the next step in the bathing process s...
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Joining Up

September 02, 2016 - Looked like someone was getting yelled at.
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Feathered Frenzy

September 01, 2016 - . It's a new mathematical formula of inverse relationships. The lower the food level, the higher the activity
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Gathering Dinner

September 01, 2016 - After all the bathing lessons had been completed the swans went to the beach to forage among the freshly mown lake weeds...
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One Up & One Down

August 31, 2016 - Watch this trick. I'm training for the "swanlympics".
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Rollover

August 31, 2016 - Bathing lessons in progress.
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Walking Tall

August 30, 2016 - Managed to pass a very relaxing hour watching the adult swans teach the youngsters how to bathe, preen and dry off.
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Attack Mode

August 29, 2016 - This is where I grew up and now it's my lake.
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"Finchamania"

August 27, 2016 - For whatever reason -- maybe an oncoming storm -- there was far more activity than normal by the finches today.
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Mixed Bag

August 22, 2016 - Filled the feeders as soon as I returned. The word got out quickly. Looks like a refill will be needed before the sun se...
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Finch Frenzy

August 21, 2016 - Just filled the feeder a few hours ago. This feeder is rated at 4 days. I've got news for them, I'm lucky to get 1 1/2 d...
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Surprise

August 19, 2016 - There I was packing my gear for a weekend wedding getaway, when all of a sudden a hummingbird appeared to check out the...
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Mid Air

August 16, 2016 - If you have feeders, the finches will come. And, the flock will continue to grow day by day.
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In and Out

August 16, 2016 - I'm back, the feeders are full -- well, almost -- and the birds are back too.
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Feed Me

August 10, 2016 - And the story continues. Feasting on the delivered goodies.
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You're Late Again

August 09, 2016 - I think a good caption for this shot might be, "You may have brought food, but you're late!" What is your idea for a cap...
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Feed-go-Round

August 07, 2016 - With the feeder lower than a quarter full, the activity nearly reached epic proportions.
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Whistling

August 04, 2016 - This male cardinal stopped and whistled for quite a while. He might have been calling for a mate, but whatever he was do...
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Dunking

August 02, 2016 - No matter what they're doing these swans always look graceful and regal.
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Coming and Going

July 31, 2016 - There were so many finches feeding today, this shot could have been called "Finchamania". I actually cropped out another...
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Mixing It Up

July 30, 2016 - As the feed level in the feeder decreases, the bird activity, the bird variety, and the bird commotion all increase.
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Almost Gone

July 25, 2016 - When the feed gets low, the action increases. Sometimes, the "pecking order" ends up in random "pecking".
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Bad Hair Day

July 24, 2016 - The wind was gusting so hard, I was wondering if this little guy was going to be able to take off. As they say, "timing...
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Pure Profile

July 23, 2016 - Poised and ready for takeoff. Fortunately, this cardinal stopped long enough for me to capture it's beauty.
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Stepping Off

July 22, 2016 - Feeder has been emptied; time to move on.
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That's All

July 21, 2016 - This was the only sign of birdlife early this morning. What do you suppose changed?
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Hasty Departure

July 20, 2016 - When the blackbirds and the cowbirds come in, everyone else takes off. It doesn't take long before the finches return, f...
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Below the Radar

July 19, 2016 - The air was crowded this morning, so this guy very cleverly came in from a different angle.
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Wingspread

July 17, 2016 - The feeder is full and the bird call to breakfast followed shortly thereafter. Within minutes there wasn't an unoccupied...
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In the Wind

July 16, 2016 - Learned something new about these baltimore orioles. Grape jelly is preferred to the fresh orange. Maybe I should add so...
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Outstretched

July 09, 2016 - This oriole seemed to be putting on it's brakes as it came in to feed.
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Cruisin'

July 05, 2016 - Looks like"Dad" is checking things out. He kept circling and returning to this area.
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Mixing It Up

July 04, 2016 - Variety of bird food is the key to a variety of birds. That's what you call an outstanding analysis of the obvious.
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Feet First

July 04, 2016 - Almost looks like this nuthatch changed his mind and put the brakes on.
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Profiled

July 03, 2016 - The blue jays are always present and always showing off their colors.
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Floating In

July 01, 2016 - No wasted motion, but constant action.
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Sunlit

July 01, 2016 - First one finch showed up and now there's a "flock" here on a daily basis. Must be the right food mix.
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Swimming Lessons

June 28, 2016 - After a brief walk around our property, it was time for a swimming lesson.
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Posed

June 27, 2016 - Photographing robins seems to be a lot less challenging than most other birds, but it's still fun.
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Spring Colors

June 25, 2016 - Couldn't ask for a better springtime setting -- a baltimore oriole and blossoms.
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Gliding Finch

June 22, 2016 - One of many house finches that frequent the feeders daily. Now that they have arrived the supposed "4 day feeder" lasts...
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Fanning Out

June 17, 2016 - Nothing stops these birds when there's seed in the feeder. Not even the driving rain could slow them down today.
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Dipping

June 16, 2016 - Although the water here didn't look appealing to me, this flock was drifting around, dipping and enjoying the "meal"....
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Cygnets

June 15, 2016 - These are three of the six cygnets that appeared off our patio a week or so ago. There are four white and two grey ones,...
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Black & White

June 14, 2016 - Swans typically give birth to both grey (black) and white cygnets which does not mean that mom has been fooling around....
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Goslings

June 13, 2016 - These goslings are growing up quickly. It won't be too long before they're flying around squawking at with the rest of t...
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On Guard

June 10, 2016 - The babies always hover around mom, while dad circles around the perimeter guarding the cygnets.
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Guarding the Feeder

June 05, 2016 - The blackbirds, cowbirds, etc. are trying to take over the feeders, but the little "guys" are not to be deterred.
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Move Over

June 04, 2016 - This finch should consider going up a level to feed. I don't think the woodpecker is about to move out of the way.
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Incoming

June 03, 2016 - This blue jay looked as though it were slowly floating in to feed.
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What's That?

June 02, 2016 - All of a sudden a squirrel and a rabbit showed up to check out the seeds gathering on the ground.
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Coming Around

June 01, 2016 - Time for the second course -- from suet to seed.
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Wingspread

June 01, 2016 - I never get tired of photographing these orioles in flight.
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Dinner Beckons

May 31, 2016 - Nothing stops these blue jays from coming in to feed; not even the wind and rain.
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Incoming

May 31, 2016 - Every species is coming around to check out the new seed mix. Looks like a winner based on today's traffic.
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Framed by Blossoms

May 30, 2016 - The apple tree blossoms seem to have peeked the interest of the orioles.
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Chow Time

May 29, 2016 - Look who's coming to dinner.
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Your Turn

May 28, 2016 - These two were taking turns loading up on suet.
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Check It Out

May 25, 2016 - Always the cautious one, this woodpecker is a daily visitor, and always patient.
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Two for Dinner

May 25, 2016 - One on each side of the cage makes for good balance. I guess the suet also makes for a balanced diet.
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All Mine

May 24, 2016 - When the Blue Jay come in the other birds scatter -- well, at least the smaller birds.
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Quick Getaway

May 23, 2016 - Coming and going -- it's non-stop.
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Pushing Off

May 23, 2016 - This red bellied woodpecker spends most of the day here. We have decided to name it "Woodrow" as he seems like of the fa...
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Back to the Nest

May 22, 2016 - One seed at a time and back to the nest. They keep it going all day long.
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Checking the Menu

May 21, 2016 - Put out a slightly different mix which created a bit of caution in the aviary. It only lasted about 5 minutes after whic...
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He Went "Thataway"

May 20, 2016 - The Cardinals always are patient slow feeders and aren't bothered by the comings and goings of the chickadees, nuthatche...
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Family Dinner

May 19, 2016 - Another feeder added to the growing collection and it didn't take long to bring in the finches.
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Nuthatch

May 19, 2016 - These little birds populate the feeders all day long. They are many, they are quick and they are constantly flying in an...
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Winging It

May 19, 2016 - Always room for more at these feeders.
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Hiding Out

May 18, 2016 - Bright colors on a sunny day is what helps make springtime great.
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Wingspread

May 18, 2016 - These orioles always put on a great show of color.
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Step Lightly

May 18, 2016 - Just before the ice went out of the lake, one of the resident swans wanted to prove it could "walk on water". Admit it,...
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Symmetry

May 17, 2016 - For a change, the geese were silent over the lake adding to the tranquility of early morning.
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Everybody Eats

May 17, 2016 - A variety of food and a variety of birds. Although different, they all get along. Too bad our politicians can take a les...
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Downy Woodpecker

May 16, 2016 - This male downy woodpecker has taken a real liking to the suet. Must be easier drilling than on the dead trees on the ed...
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On Target

May 16, 2016 - After perusing the new mix, this white breasted nuthatch attacked the feeder all day long.
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Adrift

May 13, 2016 - This swan was making its early morning rounds to chase off any potential intruders. It may look peaceful, but they domin...
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Togetherness

May 13, 2016 - Just as easily could have titled this a "mixed bag". We must have picked the right mix of food as we have a great mix of...
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Male Cardinal

May 12, 2016 - These cardinals always add to the beauty of the daily feeding frenzy.
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Shift Change

May 11, 2016 - When the blue jays arrive the rest of the birds usually scatter.
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New Feed

May 11, 2016 - This chickadee was faster than the rest of the birds lined up to check out the new feed.
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Protecting the Spouse

May 10, 2016 - Interesting morning. This pair of geese was quietly (for a change) swimming when a third goose tried to intrude. Look c...
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Excitement Grows

May 10, 2016 - Now it's getting exciting for both the birds and the photographer.
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The Suet Magnet

May 09, 2016 - Suet cakes play no favorites. All the birds seem to be attracted to them.
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Togetherness

May 08, 2016 - Looks like a breakfast date.
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Perched

May 07, 2016 - Apparently we've got the right seed mix for the "dine and dash" special. It's constant activity throughout the day.
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New Arrival

May 06, 2016 - This was the second Baltimore Oriole arrival today. maybe this means spring finally has arrived too.
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First Inspection

May 05, 2016 - Having a variety of feeders is paying off. Our first Baltimore Oriole arrived this morning to check things out. I think...
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Nest Building Begins

May 04, 2016 - Saw this robin actively gathering material mid-morning. Had the good fortune to watch her build the nest over the next 6...
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New Discovery

May 04, 2016 - When we put up the bird feeders, feeding the geese was about the last thing we had in mind. But, everyone has to eat, th...
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Breakfast Meeting

May 03, 2016 - When it comes to feeding, they all seem to cooperate. Too bad, people can't get along as well.
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Soft Landing

May 02, 2016 - Reaching for the feeder with flaps down.
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Red Bellied

April 29, 2016 - This male red bellied woodpecker has become a regular visitor. He seems to prefer the suet and manages to dominate it wh...
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Social Gathering

April 29, 2016 - Chances are when you find one finch there will be more.
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The Grab

April 26, 2016 - This adult female downy woodpecker had it's claws extended just like a raptor coming in to grab a fish. I guess size doe...
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Quick Steal

April 25, 2016 - After the "seed grab" this black capped chickadee appeared to be coming right at the camera.
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Up Close

April 25, 2016 - This hairy woodpecker is finishing up his breakfast with some seed after devouring the remaining suet cake.
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New Friends

April 24, 2016 - A few days ago, this blue jay was trying to scare off the chickadee filial. Now they're friends.
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Lift Off

April 23, 2016 - Capturing the moment before these little chickadees take off is not as easy as I thought.
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Feet First

April 22, 2016 - It's interesting to watch the birds come in for a landing. Their wings spread and they extend their feet. I guess that's...
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"Don King" Duck

April 22, 2016 - If you want to get technical, actually this is an immature red breasted merganser. But, I call them the way I see them....
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New Arrival

April 21, 2016 - This tufted titmouse just showed up a few days ago to join the feeding frenzy near the lake.
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Better than Bugs

April 21, 2016 - As soon as the suet went up, the woodpeckers gave up looking for insects in the trees.
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On Guard

April 20, 2016 - This female cardinal wasn't feeding, but seemed to be guarding the feeder.
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On Guard

April 20, 2016 - Although we have several returning blue jays every day, there is one in particular that hangs around guarding the food c...
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Finished Eating

April 20, 2016 - These chickadees are fast and they are plentiful. It now has become a challenge to try and capture the moment they grab...
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Dive Bombing

April 19, 2016 - While the chickadees race back and forth for one seed at a tim, this red bellied woodpecker calmly sits and devours its...
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Mute Swan

April 18, 2016 - I had my back to this swan when it came in for a landing. Fortunately I heard the "whoosh" of its wings so I was able to...
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Seeded

April 17, 2016 - After cautiously approaching the bird feeder, this female cardinal decided it was alright to sample the goodies.
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Departing

April 14, 2016 - After watching these chickadees feed, I'm sometimes amazed they have the ability to lift off and fly.
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Patiently Waiting

April 13, 2016 - There was a long line at the feeder, so this female cardinal decided to snack on the dropped seeds while waiting her tur...
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Wingspread

April 12, 2016 - Captured this blue jay coming in to feed as tall the other birds hastily departed.
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Better Not!

April 09, 2016 - Looks like a turf war might be about to happen. The blue jay seems to be saying "don't even think about stopping here!"...
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Mmmm Suet !

April 08, 2016 - It's still cold up here in Michigan. The good news for us, and bad news for the birds, is there are few insects around....
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In for a Landing

March 31, 2016 - This cardinal couple just started showing up at the feeders. That's him with his "flaps" down coming in to land on the f...
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Cardinal Couple

March 30, 2016 - The word is out! The feeders have been refilled!
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Bird-Mania

March 22, 2016 - The word is out; the bird feeders are up.
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Stalemate

March 21, 2016 - This large crested Blue Jay appeared to be challenging the Chickadee Finial atop the bird feeder. It went on for several...
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