It's the time of year when I put the bird feeders back up and try to reactivate my limited attempts at bird photography. It only took the Chickadees and Goldfinch a day to find the feeders, and they visit often. The Chickadees stay in the nearby Cedars and come and go almost all day long. The Goldfinch dash in as a flock, feed awhile, and leave again.
We have two feeders like this that actually appear to be squirrel-proof. I only put out black sunflower seed.
The Goldfinch will just sit there and eat seeds, because they can break open the seeds with their bills. But the Chickadees always take a seed, fly away, and hammer at it while holding it down on a twig, to get it open. It seems to me that the Chickadees have to work some much harder for their meal!
You can see the sunflower seed in this Chickadee's beak, and it's open mouth while it holds the seed.
Every now and then I get a shot of a Chickadee in the nearby tree, but usually they hesitate so briefly here on their way to the feeder that I'm not fast enough to catch it!