A crow visits the suet feeder.

My firs visitor to the suet feeder.

Earlier this month I attached a simple suet feeder to my deck railing. I hoped to attract cute little birds, but you can see who discovered it first! I’m not convinced that the crows have any trouble finding lunch during the winter around here, so I’d rather they left the snacks for others.

My next visitors were more what I expected:

A junco at the suet feeder.

A junco at the suet feeder.

Juncos have been regular visitors to my deck and thistle feeder for a few weeks now, and they eventually discovered the suet feeder too. Sometimes I have more than a half dozen juncos exploring my feeders and planters at once. The cat and I both find this intensely interesting, although I’m not dreaming about eating the birds.

Finally I’ve gotten some even smaller visitors: bushtits!

A flock of bushtits at the suet feeder.

A flock of bushtits at the suet feeder.

These are very little birds. They travel in flocks, swooping to a feeding area and staying for a very short time before zipping off together to a new feeding spot. I’ve had about a dozen at a time hit the feeder, although they never stay long enough for me to grab my camera and get a shot of all of them together. So far they’ve only visited in the morning when it’s foggy and a bit dark, making photography hard. I get a kick out of their expressions, and I’m delighted that they’ve added my deck to their rounds!

Look at the expression on the face of the one coming in for a landing in the lower right!

Look at the expression on the face of the one coming in for a landing in the lower right! So determined!

 

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