Near the end of the summer we had a pair of Cardinals show up, with one male fledgling. They are my favourite of the bigger birds, they're so beautiful. I know they're plentiful in some places but I have only ever seen just this one pair here. They are very elusive and I tried for a very long time to get any kind of decent pictures of them. It took them a while to come close to the house, but I was stopped in my tracks by this sight outside the bedroom window one morning:
Even more elusive was the female. When the whole family had been coming, I could tell her apart from the brownish male fledgling because of her bright pink "lipstick". That pink beak really stands out. The young one is no longer with them. I never see more than just this one pair, and I've never noticed Cardinals around here in previous years. I'd like to see more of them.
Filling up on seeds from the ground. Always in the background and very shy.
The "contraption", has room for four items, feeders or suet. We have to bring all the feeders indoors every night, or else raccoons will destroy them. A nuisance.
What's really new is we're getting Woodpeckers every day and often. I've seen both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, both males and females. They'll even compete for the suet and push each other off. It's a real treat to see them every day, and they're starting to get more tolerant of our presence. They'll eat from the suet, the ground and the feeders.