This week we were treated to close up views of a Northern flicker and a downy woodpecker nearly side by side on the pine tree just outside of our classroom. The downy woodpecker has been a regular visitor to our suet feeder. Today there was a "flock" of dark-eyed juncos that stopped by the feeders. I was surprised to see several of them eating out of the thistle feeder. Both American and lesser goldfinch have still been regular visitors. This afternoon the naturalist club was treated to a great view of a pair of hooded mergansers along the river. They are such strinking birds.