It was a busy morning, with male and female Red-Shafted Northern Flickers, plenty of Juncos, a Varied Thrush, a Spotted Towhee, and even a wary Mr. Squirrel paying a visit to the backyard (although the black furry rat kept his peregrinations to the fences). Two of the best-dressed gentlemen were also spotted on the suet feeder.
An elusive Black-Capped Chickadee (left) poses for the camera, and a male Downy Woodpecker (right) stops in mid-peck. The first time the latter was at the suet feeder this morning, he was quickly chased off by a female Red-Shafted Northern Flicker, but he came back, undeterred. He showed up yesterday, but we were unable to capture him with the digital camera. This is the first time that I have be able to snap these two species eating from the suet feeder at the same time. Taken on the second floor through an open window from 30 feet away at full optical zoom in burst mode.