The mixed flock of Starlings, Grackles, Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds were here until earlier this week when a Sharp-shinned Hawk harvested a Cowbird.
It was tough to get him in focus because he kept at his work.
A poor little Downy Woodpecker was caught at the suet feeder. He didn't make a move for at least 20 minutes. It was so cold I was afraid he would freeze. I tried to flush him by knocking on the window, but he just blinked at me.
I couldn't bear the suspense, so I went about my business. He was gone when I checked back ten minutes later.
It took the hawk about 45 minutes to finish eating. Only feathers remained.
The flock has moved on and not returned.