Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday Critters ~ 317 ~

If you put out peanuts, they will come!

Tufted Titmouse
A tiny, gray, song bird familiar to my feeders. 
They have a pretty crest, a black forehead and small peach spots on the side, under the wings.
They love peanuts and because they are so small, 
I am always amazed at how they handle the peanuts.
It has a peter, peter whistle/song during spring and summer!

Male Red Bellied Woodpecker
Widespread and familiar woodpecker seen in parks and gardens.
I see this woodpecker year round, but it comes in closer in winter when food is harder to find.
It's most distinct feature is it's bright red head, it does have a splash of red on it's belly.
His call is very distinct to me, chu-urr, chu-urr, chu-urr,
I always hear him before I see him.

European Starling
This bird comes in large numbers and eats all of the suet.
They are loud and accomplished in mimicking the songs and calls of other birds.
They walk with a bit of swagger and northern populations move south for the winter.

And of course the Blue Jay who eats most of the peanuts!

The Blue Jay is a familiar, unmistakable bird, mostly blue with a very distinct crest.
They are a beautiful, 
primarily blue bird that I enjoy seeing at my feeders and on the deck rail.
I enjoy watching them shake the peanuts, to be sure they have chosen the biggest one,
that has the most peanuts.
Their song can be loud, I sometimes believe they are alerting song birds of raptors in the area.
They are very easy to watch and photograph!

Sharing pictures of my back yard birds with Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen


  1. Wonderful birds!
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. I’ve never seen the titmouse here. Such a beauty. Birds are one of the great gifts of nature.

  3. Beautiful photos! You have an excellent "studio"! :-) Our titmice are bold, noisy little flits!

  4. Hello, Debbie! I see the same birds here, they do love the peanuts. Great photos of the Titmouse, Blue Jay and the Woodpecker. I have not seen the Starlings lately. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks so much for the visit and comment on my blog.

  5. These are beautiful birds in their back yard. I'm thrilled with such close shots. They like the peanuts!
    Greetings Elke

  6. Love all your birds, but that Starling. I just do care for them at all. If we put peanuts out, every squirrel in the neighborhood would be over here. LOL. They can take over. Hope all is well and you are enjoying your birds. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  7. Magnificent macro shots of our feathered friends ~ gorgeous ~ and so good 'to see you again' ~

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Wonderful pictures...had a woodpecker get a drink out of my hummingbird feeder recently. Quite a acrobat:)

  9. Beautiful birds. I would love to sit with you and capture some of these beauties.

  10. Your pics are wonderful! I love the little Titmouse.

  11. That blue jay has his mouth full! How fun to watch the birds in the feeders and on the deck! I know they love to visit you and get all the 'good stuff'! heehee! Hugs!

  12. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful birds.
    Lovely photographs.

    All the best Jan

  13. You have such a wonderful range of birds, love to see them all! Opie loves the starlings when they come to the suet feeder just outside our window, they make such a big deal out there and are so loud they always get his attention.

  14. Interesting descriptions. Beautiful photos!

  15. Hello. Wonderful, wonderful photos! Great and beautiful birds.

  16. The Blue Jay is a gorgeous bird. Fascinating how they eat the peanuts. Gorgeous photos, Debbie.

  17. I wish I was familiar with the tufted titmouse...I’ve never seen one IRL. So sweet. Know and love the others (well maybe not the starling, he is a little harder to love).