Today I am showing you the birds that have been visiting lately. I was a little concerned as after all the upheaval with putting in a new deck, they disappeared for the longest time. Needn't have worried.
The Mourning Doves weren't put off by a rainy day. Reflection in the glass on the right is a bit distracting, but I didn't notice it until I looked on a larger screen.
The American Robin was a regular visitor for a while.
As well as invertebrates, they like to eat nuts and berries. Because of their sweet tooth they can also get intoxicated on fermented berries. I don't think I have ever noticed a tipsy robin before.
A first-time visitor was the Mockingbird. I don't ever remember seeing one here in the 30 plus years we have lived in this house. It was a red-letter day for me. I have seen others elsewhere but not in a long time, and never at our feeders.
The White-breasted nuthatch was next. The longevity record for a White-breasted Nuthatch is 9 years and 10 months. In a study it was found that they prefer unshelled sunflower seeds approximately 25 percent more often than seeds still in the shell. It appears to be because it takes half the time to transport and cache an unshelled seed than it does a shelled one. These interesting facts came from Wild Birds Unlimited which you can find at this link.
I was also happy to see the Downy Woodpecker making an appearance. This is a female as she has no red patch on her head. The male House Finch, lower left, didn't seem to be too perturbed but he didn't hang around for too long. Neither did the Downy for that matter.