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Suet Duet

Nuthatches and woodpeckers were engrossed in the suet feeders at Wachusett Meadow today. Meanwhile, the Wildlife Pond glowed with the rusty hues of late fall in Central Massachusetts.

White-Breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
Wildlife Pond, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. The fall colors are so beautiful. I could stare at the images with the reflections for hours. We have downy woodpeckers that stop by and nibble on the suet. Some of the other smaller birds will nibble it once in a while also – mainly when the Blue Jays have taken over some of the other feeders. 🙂 Love all your photos!

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    1. Thank you for those kind words! You made my day!

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  2. Always fun to watch nuthatches and woodpeckers. Those russet hues are so lovely.

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    1. I love the high foliage colors, but I love the russet “Thanksgiving colors” just as much in a different way.

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  3. Is it time t start feeding again, or did folks never stop? I read there are black bears around bird feeders out your way!

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    1. Ooh..those black bears are all around. The feeders I show are from the Audubon–none around my house. During the summer, they even had to take the local Audubon ones down for a time, after a bear trashed them. ;-(

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  4. Love the upside down shot of the nuthatch. This reminds me to put some bird feeders out in my backyard now that winter is approaching.

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    1. Thank you! Love the nuthatches. Now, I’m just waiting for the cardinals to spend more time around here!

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  5. Fabulous shots of the birds and fall scenes!

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  6. Such beautiful photos and Autumn colors. Every time we have tried with feeders for our many birds, squirrels manage to climb the thin pole and get into the food. We will have to get inventive. Suet is great in winter. I recall my mother putting it out in Sturbridge where we lived at the time. Thank you for such a lovely post.

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    1. Thanks you for visiting, and for your thoughtful comments! I enjoyed your post on growing up in Sturbridge, as I lived in nearby Hardwick for many years, and love Sturbridge Village and all the fun places to visit in town.
      I don’t have feeders at my home, but at Wachusett Meadow, the squirrels always win at the bird feeders! I love to watch them leap several feet from a nearby tree, then cling on to the feeder upside down while they treat themselves to an endless feast! 😉
      Best,
      Julie

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      1. Julie, thanks for your lovely comment. I have several posts about our bushy tails. How they do the upside down trick is beyond me. I prefer to eat right side up. One year we simply put out pumpkin under a tree out back and watch the squirrels demolish it slowly until nothing remained. When our Sturbridge house was first completed, we could walk all the way down Cedar Street and get to the Old Sturbridge Village where there was no entrance fee. School field trips too. I still have our rings of horseshoe nails made by the blacksmith for us. Be well, 🙂

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