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Now, onto today's sightings. There were many common birds around the Fletcher Wildlife Garden feeders, such as the chickadees, juncos, and more.
I saw some White-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta carolinensis) wedging seeds into tree barks.
An American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) eating snow(?).
I saw both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers (Picoides villosus) at FWG. You can probably guess which species the above bird is.
A female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).
A beautiful female.
Such a handsome male. Did you know that seven American states recognize the Northern Cardinal as their state bird - Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
As I was walking around the Arboretum hoping to see more unique bird species, I heard a very loud pecking sound - it was a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)!
You can see another rectangular-shaped cavity below the bird.
Near the woodpecker was an American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) munching on food.
Such a great way to start the year!