A few more winter animal portraits; Sharp-shinned hawk, Goldfinch, Song Sparrow and a squirrel; nature photography by Tracy Bodeo

Here are a few more visitors I have had the pleasure of seeing in my yard during this winter’s snow…

The male Goldfinches will be getting their beautiful bright yellow feathers as soon as the spring arrives.  For now, they still have their winter colors.

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This Song Sparrow was fun to watch as he “drank” the snow.  It’s hard to see in this image, but he still has snow on his short bill.

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The abundance of small birds in my yard also brings in some larger ones…. The Sharped-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks often dive in and chase the little ones in and out of the trees.  It is very interesting to see, but I can’t help but wish for a failed attempt while I’m watching.

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Other year-round visitors that spend a lot of time in my yard stuffing themselves full of sunflower seeds, is the Grey Squirrel.  They wreak havoc on my feeders, but I enjoy their antics anyway!

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