casualties. Don't drink and fly. Too many of these beautiful, inebriated birds have met their end against our front room window.
This little cross-bill,(the picture is not mine)is one of the bird species that have visited our feeder this year. They are quite small, but feisty and hold their own against the sparrows very well. The male is a bright red-orange as shown and the females a more subdued olive green. There have been several pairs feeding lately.
Of course, we always get the blue jays. Gary has fed them for a while now and they come and scream from the fir trees for their peanuts. Occasionally, there is a war between magpies and jays over said peanuts.
Every day the birds provide entertainment and a break from the gloom of winter. Especially the last few days, it has been fairly warm (above averages) yet it is damp and feels colder. The birds are there most days, squabbling over the seeds and establishing a pecking order.
This is a picture from our backyard feeder. The sparrow was considering taking on the cross-bills but decided against it. I caught him just before he changed direction to leave the them to eat. The female of the cross-bill pair is on the right hand side of the feeder.
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