Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some birds from our youngest contributor: Jamie Blilie, son of reader James Blilie. Jamie’s only 12 but is already taking very good photos.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) with feathers puffed out:


Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis):


Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) grabbing seed and taking off:



American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) checking out our thistle seed feeder:


White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) enjoying our feeder:


Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) going for our suet block. We’ve had a struggle keeping the suet and seeds away from raccoons this winter. We are trying to create a bird-friendly space in our back yard.  It’s going pretty well.



  1. Jim Knight
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    These photos at excellent! Good job, Jamie, and thank you for sharing!

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Well done!

  3. Debra Coplan
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Great photos-loved the Black-Capped Chickadee taking off, but all the photos are just beautiful.

  4. Christopher
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    My parents have had such a problem with raccoons at the feeders that they’ve resorted to bringing the feeders in at night. Nothing works! If they were just eating the seed and suet, that’s really not too big of a deal, but they knock the feeders off the poles, which then roll down the hillside, occasionally into the lake.

    I’ve never had raccoon issues, but squirrels have stolen two suet feeders and I have the same or similar feeder to the one pictured with the nuthatch which is now missing the lid. The thieving bastards ran off with that, then proceeded to insert themselves bodily into the feeder to clean it out. Somewhere I’ve got a picture of one with only the tail sticking out of the feeder tube. It’s a good thing I like the little buggers!

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted December 10, 2016 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      I have squirrel baffles on all the posts where my feeders hang, and they work just great.

      I ordered them online. You have to size them for the posts you’re using, so find a site that sells several sizes and pick the one that works for you. L

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        “squirrel baffle” : good name for the device!

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Very nice photos – sharp and well composed! Nice work, Jamie!

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Very good stuff, Jamie! My favorite is the nuthatch, as it has the color, composition, and very soft out of focus background. But these are all far better than what I can do.

  7. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures! And only 12 years old. Imagine what he will do later on!

  8. rickflick
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    All these are familiar friends. You see them anywhere at least east of the Mississippi. They are sometimes the best friends you can have on a dark winter day. Great job Jamie.

  9. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 10:50 am | Permalink


  10. cruzrad
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jamie, for sharing your great photos!

  11. Andrei
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Great pictures.

    Does anybody know how to tell the difference between a Black-capped Chickadee and a Carolina Chickadee?

  12. Diane G.
    Posted December 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful shots, Jamie!

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