Backyard Birds 2022 — 100% Crops Part 1

I’ve been taking a lot of photos of birds. A lot. Many more than I can possibly post unless I dedicate most of my time to posting bird photos (not a bad thing, that, but it would be at the expense of other stuff).

On the other hand, as each day goes by, I fall behind and the inventory gets larger. And so, I decided to do occasional posts sampling the photos in my collection.

The 100% Crop series is just at it sounds. Each photo shows a bird at full resolution (100% crop). For example, here’s a Gray Catbird. Also, it will typically fill the frame with little of the surroundings shown other than what’s in the background.

If your browser window is set to full screen, and if your screen is large enough, when you click on the photo, it will fill the screen. If your cursor shows as a circle with a ‘plus’ sign, it means your screen resolution is smaller than the photo, in which case, you can click on the photo to further zoom in to 100% resolution.

Try it; I’ll wait before adding the rest of the photos.

I tried to explain as best as I could how it should work, but if it doesn’t work for you . . . sorry; I don’t know why, but here are the rest of the Catbird photos.

These birds forage on the ground most of the time (at least when I see them), but they’re not averse to getting up to the feeders, especially the suet feeders (pretty much all the birds I see like the suet feeders).

While most birds like suet, I have it out specifically for woodpeckers. In this case, a male Downy Woodpecker.

The species is visually similar to the Hairy Woodpecker, and it can be difficult to tell the two apart. To distinguish between them, besides Hairy woodpeckers being larger, look at the bill and outer tail feathers. As you can see from the above, the Downy Woodpecker has a shorter bill and the outer tail feathers are white with dark markings near the tip.

Strangely, these birds also seem to like the hummingbird food I set out (the nectar), and early in the season, they are more frequent visitors to the hummingbird feeders than hummingbirds.

The suet feeders also attract Northern Cardinals.

However, most of the time, the Cardinals are on the ground under the feeders (also why I occasionally throw shelled peanuts and other seeds on the ground).

Cardinal with half a peanut.

I see many more males than females, but they’re also around.

It doesn’t matter where I see them since I can appreciate them regardless of the setting, but they look especially good when perched.

Even when standing on bricks.

If you want to see a slideshow (from SmugMug), click HERE. The SmugMug files are the same size as what’s shown here, but perhaps easier to navigate.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


Note: if you are not reading this blog post at, know that it’s copied without permission, and likely is being used by someone with nefarious intentions, like attracting you to a malware-infested website.  Could be they also torture small mammals.

Note 2: it’s perfectly OK to share a link that points back here.


If you’re new to this blog, it might be a good idea to read the FAQ page. If you’re considering subscribing to this blog, it’s definitely a good idea to read both the About page and the FAQ page.