Friday, September 22, 2006

Nothing but rain, drizzle, and cloud cover for the past few days. Doesn't seem to bother the finches, who've been guzzling the feeder like little thistle-powered SUV's.

Was about to close up one of the bluebird houses for the winter when I noticed a Downy Woodpecker darting into it. Though woodpeckers usually prefer to do their nesting in tree cavities, it seems the cedar bluebird house was intriguing enough to warrant further investigation. This is probably more nesting as a convenient protection against the early chill than it is for breeding purposes; according to everything I've seen Downies usually start breeding in the February-March time frame. Still, I'll leave the house open for a while, popping in with a camera every few days.

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