Monday, December 9, 2013
Cardinals, Blue Jays and Sharp Shinned Hawks at Feeders
And they bring lots of color, too. The Cardinals, with their bright red are among the brightest colors to see.
At Springbrook Nature Center's bird banding yesterday in the falling snow we caught over 85 birds that were stocking up on energy for the cold night coming up.
Several Cardinals were captured, banded, and released.
It is easier to photograph them too, as they are concentrating on the food, and let me get a bit closer, as this one did yesterday.
The Blue Jays are big and can become bullies at the feeders, not letting other birds near them until they are done feeding and leave.
The predators need to eat too, and they keep the flocks of song birds healthy by eating the slow and less fit. And they are a wonder to watch with their fast flying and manuerving ability.