The usual creatures were present along the boardwalk and were the subjects of many conversations among walkers. Many stop to feed and all admire these old friends.
A flock of chickadees was busy along the bridge, flying in from the trees where they kept watch for food.
They are unable to take unshelled peanuts but if you shell them, the tiny birds will fly off with the nutty treats.
My husband and I spent time cracking the shells for them.
A female hairy woodpecker will take peanuts any way they are offered.
She doesn’t mind the chickadees and competes with them for the same morsels.
The blue jays were sounding off in the trees but stayed away from the rail of the bridge when the woodpecker and the chickadees were eating. This was unusual for the jays who are normally aggressive around the other birds.
A raven kept watch above the bridge, surveying the scene. Rarely have I seen them foraging among the treats left by walkers.
Several squirrels were busy in the feeders people leave along the boardwalk.
One, sat on a branch, chattered loudly as if scolding another for some transgression.
As we walked along the upper part of the boardwalk, a mature bald eagle flew about 20 feet above us, shifting its head from side to side as it hunted. I was unable to photograph the unusual sight.
We hoped this predator didn’t make lunch of any of our old friends.