The Birds!

I have a couple of birdfeeders in my tiny yard, and love to watch the birds. Living in the city, I don’t have nearly the variety that I used to when I was closer to the mountains, but I especially enjoy the goldfinches.

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I had to change from a mixed birdseed to straight sunflower seed in order to get rid of the sparrows, since they would bully all of the other birds away. Fortunately, once I changed the seed, the sparrows disappeared and the goldfinches and house finches can eat in peace. There are some chickadees, too, but they’re shy and don’t come out much when I’m outside.

This year has been exciting already, since I had a pair of quail in the yard. The female was looking for scattered seed below the feeders, while the male kept watch from the fence. This is only the second time I’ve ever seen quail in our yard – the other time was a few years ago. There are so many cats in our neighborhood (both pets and strays/ferals), that it’s a pretty dangerous place for them.

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Quail on fence

But by far the most exciting thing was seeing a woodpecker on the feeder:

Woodpecker at the feeder

Now I’m getting excited for the start of hummingbird season.

 

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7 Responses to The Birds!

  1. zeneedle says:

    Since we don’t have a place to hang one I’m envious of your feeder. How fun to capture so many of them “in action”!

  2. Marilyn says:

    I have our birdfeeders just outside the bay window so our cat can sit inside and “hunt” the birds while they eat. He thinks he can get them and they seem to realize that he can’t!!
    Goldfinches are so bright and cheerful. 🙂 Love your pictures!

  3. Cookie says:

    I’m so happy that the birds are coming around. Can I interest you in a box full of fat stupid robins?

  4. Anne says:

    We had our first hummer here this last week! I was kinda worried about the little guy because we also had temps in the 20s and a couple of brief snow squalls. As soon as I heard the sound of their squeaks, I had put out a feeder for them, so hopefully he did okay!

  5. pacalaga says:

    Sweet! I never put a feeder out because we have an outdoor neighborhood cat that comes round sometimes and drives our cats insane, but since we got the dog, that cat stays away. I should think about a feeder here, though I wouldn’t want the grackles or the sparrows, and the other pretty songbirds might be all migrated by now. (I learned recently that those sparrows aren’t native – they were brought in the 1800s to make the European immigrants feel more at home. Rotten little upstarts.)

  6. Kym says:

    Great photos, Cheryl! I love the birds in my yard, and can’t imagine life without them. (Although I’m not feeding for the next couple of weeks . . . in my annual attempt at getting rid of the grackles.)

  7. Chris says:

    I’ve seen a few birds, but mostly LBBs (little brown birds). Have heard geese overhead flying north, though, so that’s promising.

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