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.
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.
But by far the most exciting thing was seeing a woodpecker on the feeder:
Now I’m getting excited for the start of hummingbird season.