These are pictures from last Wednesday's snow. The dark eyed juncos only seem to visit when we have snow. The males come first, 5 or 6 of them, then after they're finished the females come. The males are the darker grey, while the females are a brownish color.
There were a few males hopping around the deck, picking up crumbs that had fallen from the suet cakes. Ian wasn't happy about this; even though the tiny birds didn't sink down into the snow, he felt bad that the snow was so deep and worried the birdies were cold. I assured him they were fueling up and then going back to warm nests.
They don't mind sharing with this small female Downy woodpecker.
I'd like to put some sort of hood over the suet cakes, but it'd have to be up high enough to give each bird plenty of room for fast escapes when the larger woodpeckers arrive. The small birds scatter when they show up.
Thanks for looking!