Yesterday my mother-in-law called to ask if I was serious about using a ladder to stick my face in birds’ nests to take pictures or was I being a smart ass. During that chat I discovered a magical phrase… right when I said “free ballin” she immediately got off the phone. Magical phrase?
A female Robin. It was a cold windy day and she wasn't moving off her nest full of eggs.
The young hatchlings are long gone. Probably a rough night for the sparrows, listening to their babies get eaten.
A female pregnant Raccoon/baby bird eater. She's eaten a lot of bird eggs and eats all the bird seed and suet every night if I don't bring it indoors.... so she's eaten a shit ton of bird seed and suet.
A Downy Woodpecker defending the suet from a Red-winged Blackbird
Pileated Woodpecker. The first time I saw one I was on the phone with my sister and said something like, "There's a hug woodpecker outside... like as big as a fricking chicken!"....except I didn't say "fricking".
A Black-capped Chickadee
This photo is sooooo embarrassing to my 11-year-old because "I'm not standing up like a normal person" and have a camouflage hat sticking out of my back pocket. It was taken as an example of "unacceptable behavior when the the school bus is around". The header photo is another example of embarrassing behavior-sitting in the woods.