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Friday, October 7, 2011

Simplify My Feeding of the Birds

Here's the little bird that I have been trying to lure into my yard...a Titmouse. I've seen them around, but they never stay long. I've watched a pair of them now and they seem to like the new food. I hope they continue to visit. Please excuse the blurry picture. It was taken through screen and glass.
Yesterday was a great day for bird watching. I sat in the window and watched what was going on outside for about an hour. In that time I saw, Chickadees, Titmouse, Nuthatch, female Cardinal, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Sparrows, Finches, Blue Jays, and a few others. I had seen the big crow the day before. Later in the day I saw the House Finches had come back. This year I am trying to simplify my life. I took down the Finch feeder and dumped it's contents in the bucket of seed. I dumped the bag of chicken feed into the same can. Then I took a shovel, you should have seen me) and mixed the seed can...bringing the good stuff up from the bottom. I decided that I would just use the three hanging feeders that Joe made this winter. That way I could make one trip out to the deck and not have to make several trips in the snow. The birds seemed to like this arrangement. The little Chickadees waited on the deck railing for me to fill the feeders. They are so friendly...I think you could almost tame them. Later in the day, I was thinking that I spend a lot of time on my computer and the window is right in front of me. Why not put the 3rd feeder in front of the window. This morning I have been entertained with the antics of the Chickadees and a Nuthatch. The Nuthatch is the boss. The Chickadee leaves when the Nuthatch appears. Now the Chickadee sits on one side and the Nuthatch puffs up...to make himself look bigger. He's trying to scare the little bird. Mama Cardinal flies in and then it is all over. She has the feeder all alone. I hear her mate chirping in the distance. He never lets her out of his sight. What a possessive male! So glad that I put the feeder there.

I took some pictures from inside...through the glass and screen. I was hesitant to put them here, because they are so blurry. I just wanted to have them in my blog journal to look at years from now. The above is a picture of the Nuthatch. What an interesting bird he is. His colorings are the same as the Chickadee. When he gets a mouthful he swoops to the woods or a nearby tree.
I was going to drive around and take some pictures today, but my camera batteries need charging. Wouldn't you know it...on one of the most beautiful days...no camera. I drove to Walmart yesterday and saw so many beautiful sights along the way. I hope that I can get out that way tomorrow. This is one of the most beautiful falls we've had. Many warm, sunny days in a row. Hope it lasts till tomorrow. For now, I'll just have to be satisfied with staying here and getting some work done. I think that I will clean Hummingbird feeders and the Finch feeder before I put them away. I could always clean house ;)

1 comment:

Jean said...

I had to stop feeding the birds because of so many squirrels and my cat! I had baffles...squirrel proof feeders and they still eventually found a way to get to the feed. I have found that goldfinches will empty a sunflower feeder looking for thistle seeds. The little buggers! I love watching birds and may break down when it gets cold and feed them.