It has been a different year for birds. We have the usual; Assups (Nuthatches), Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers. No Red Polls this year at all yet...usually they are here by now. This week we had a visiting Hairy Woodpecker and a lone Red Bellied Woodpecker.
We also had a visit from a Pileated Woodpecker...he is very shy. It is indeed a male, he has a red moustache and the red crest on his head goes all the way down to his bill. ( A female has no red moustache and her crests stops half way to her bill)
As you can see he is quite large and when he is in the woods attacking a tree it is quite loud. Their breeding season is just beginning. ( They can eat a fair amount of suet in a day!)
We have had quite a time with squirrels....they found our peanut butter feeder... hung upside down and chewed the peanut butter jar into bits and pieces and even stole the cap with the special holder...I spied it way off in the yard...not going to retrieve it until spring. Yesterday a smarter than average squirrel took the cover off the bird feeder and sat down inside for a snack...buggers. This must be their breeding season as they are starving and destructive.