Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Birds, Birds, Everywhere

WE have gradually developed a full buffet for birds in our back garden with a tray feeder, two upright feeders, a suet feeder, several pinecone feeders and a special sock feeder of thistle seed for finches. And they come! So far, we've seen:
  • Northern Cardinals (tray feeder)
  • White-Breasted Nuthatches (most frequent visitors to the pinecone feeder, also suet feeder)
  • Pine Warbler (pinecone feeder - infrequent)
  • Red-Breasted Woodpecker (upright feeder)
  • House Finch (upright feeder)
  • Downy Woodpecker (suet feeder)
  • Mourning Doves (ground, tray feeder and they even try to balance on the suet feeder - very funny)
  • Chickadees (upright feeder - infrequent)
  • Carolina Wren (ground underneath)
  • Dark-Eyed Junco (ground underneath)
  • Song Sparrow (ground underneath)
  • Blue Jays (ground underneath)
  • Eastern Towhee (ground)
  • Eastern Bluebird (suet and upright feeders)

We also see on the lawn and flower beds American Robins, Thrashers, and now and again great flocks of Red-Winged Blackbirds and Starlings. We like to sit at the back door and just watch. Sometimes we try to draw them...mostly we just watch.

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