It feels like it has been forever since I did a simple post like this where all I did was go to my favorite local patch, Forest Park, take a few pictures of some of the common feeder birds, and share those pictures with the 10,000 Birds audience.  Sometimes in the search for the new and the rare I manage to forget about the steadfast and the common.  That tendency, coupled with being responsible for a rapidly growing toddler, means that my strolls through Forest Park are much more uncommon then they used to be.  And while I miss those walks and being responsible for keeping the feeders filled for a day or two each week during the winter, I appreciate even more hanging out with Desi and watching him learn about the world.

Still, it was nice to get out to the feeders by the waterhole for a brief visit this morning and see the woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and sparrows come charging in for food even though I had not even a single sunflower seed to share.  Despite my lack of sustenance the birds still posed for my camera and I hope you enjoy these three shots.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.