July 14, 2011
The birds in my backyard are few and far between. Scrub Jays, Starlings, Robins, Sparrows and Hummingbirds are the only frequent visitors.
June 15, 2011>
Starlings have taken over the back yard. They love the suet. But so do the Flickers and the Downy Woodpeckers. Whom shall I feed?
May 5, 2011
I bought a 25 lb. bag of cracked corn to feed the ducks in the creek.
May 1, 2011
It's been a grand week for bird watching. The guy at the Dundee bird store suggested that I purchase Peterson's Field Guide for Western Birds. Wow! It has so many more varieties in it. We've been able to identify so many more species.
The Evening Grosbeaks are back. Such a beautiful and colorful bird.
The American Goldfinch has also returned. They are one of Wade's favorites. They love the thistle!
A new a beautiful bird appeared this week - the Yellow Rumped Warbler. I saw them on the nearly empty suit cages so I quickly went to purchase more suit. They are even going into the starling proof suit cage! First birds so far to figure that out!
As I was doing some yard work in the back yard a female Mallard duck fly up and out of the stream. This happened twice to I am thinking that maybe she has a nest in our part of the creek. Wouldn't that be something...baby ducks!!!
I am still trying to identify a small grey bird. It's allusive, however, and when I get my binoculars it flies away.
April 21, 2011 - The Red Tail Hawk chicks have hatched!
And it was eaglet banding day in Virgina!
I have a couple of things:
First, the peregrine incident was mentioned in the monthly Audubon Society newsletter: Not by name but by incident, very indirectly. But nonetheless! I sent emails to my senators with a lovely letter.
Second: Monday (4-4-2011) I went home for lunch. After taking the dogs to the park for a quick break I returned home to find Mr. Sharp Shinned Hawk having his own lunch in my back yard. Sharp Shinned Hawks look crazily like a Coopers Hawk but my zoologist sister set me straight.
I yelled out to Wade which was dumb of me to do as it started the bird and moments after Wade came to see the sight the bird, both the prey and the predator left by the wing of the hawk.
Pretty sure that this is the bird who was party to the murder in January. :)
I love my back yard.
First of all, I'd like to thank my husband for letting me spend about $100 a month on bird feed...for the wild birds.
Also, thanks for building the feeding station. It is awesome!
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