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