Feathery Friends

This past week we have seen significant bird activity here in the North Woods. After the arrival of a few new faces, I started to search feeder ideas on Pinterest. There were plenty of options, but I didn’t have the right pieces of scrap wood for most of them. After getting a few doubtful smirks from my husband, I was more determined than ever to make an adorable bird feeder. The end result… IMG_9483IMG_9486

IMG_9682On Tuesday afternoon, we had front row seats to these two male Northern Flickers doing a IMG_9685funny little dance in our driveway. At first I thought it was a male and a female but a bird expert friend of mine pointed out that they both have black markings under their bills, making them both males.



IMG_9720The grackles almost always look angry and disgusted by my presence, but I’m in love with them. Their color combination is perfect, especially in the sun. The first time I saw them in the yard, I mistook them for an ordinary black bird until I noticed their bright neon eyes. IMG_9696IMG_9699IMG_9699


IMG_9715This gorgeous purple finch visited one of our homemade bird feeders. The color fading down the belly and turning white on the legs, reminds me of bloomers under a colorful dress. 🙂

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As for the woodcock, I have to give the photo credit to my husband. Something about this little face looks so happy, like he’s smirking. Love the feathers blowing in the wind.

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Have you had any new faces pop up in your yard this week? I’m hoping to see many more this spring/summer. Happy Friday, friends!

Rianne Ackley

About Rianne Ackley

I grew up in Downeast Maine but have recently relocated to the North Woods. I live in Clayton Lake where I am a stay at home Mom to two beautifully wild little boys and wife to a Maine State Game Warden. I am a lover of the simple things in life...a good book, a song, a rainy day, a bowl of white popcorn, etc. I have a slight obsession with all things food. Love cooking it, eating it, looking at it, smelling it, reading about it, etc. I am a firm believer that life is what you make it.