As the changing weather is keeping us inside a little more often than outside, I have started to feed the birds again. I don't feed them in the summer, as we have lots of things around for them to scavenge naturally, seeds, insects, critters and such. Not to mention that we are outside more often in during their feeding times of late afternoon/early evening and mornings--so there are more opportunities to see them. In the winter, I like to feed them closer to the house, so that I can see them from my windows. These two pictures are actually through my picture window in the front of the house. The sparrows and goldfinches have been enjoying the feedings of sunflower seeds. I notice that they are avoiding the safflower seeds in the mix, and sure wish that a hungry cardinal would show up and take care of those.
I love the little dark eyed juncos, and first noticed them when I began bird feeding a few years ago. Sadly, they migrate north for the summers--and I find myself waiting eagerly for them to return. I saw the first one on November 2 this year. Their coloring is what initially attracted my attention. They are dark on the top with a white belly. They are ground feeders and can be found hopping around underneath the bird feeders. This was the closest picture I could get through my picture window. Santa is bringing me a new camera for Christmas though with a 35X optical zoom--so look out world. .the views are about to get a LOT better:-)
Anyway, back to the juncos. They are one of the most common birds in North America throughout all the states as they come down from Canada. Look around and see if you can spot some.
This American robin showed up for the party. She had just taken a bit of water in her mouth. To swallow, they throw their heads up in the air.
I am not sure what this little guy is. .initially I thought he was a sparrow of some sort. .but as I researched, I started to wonder if he may be a pine siskin. Anyone know for sure? I never thought that I had pine siskins, but they look very similar to a gold finch. .so I may have overlooked them. Be sure that I will be paying a little better attention.
And THIS one was the highlight of my day. .unfortunately however, he lives at my in-laws house. It is a red bellied woodpecker. They live there year round and even visit her sunflower feeders right out of her kitchen windows. This guy had too much to eat for Thanksgiving too, as he just perched there for quite a while, letting
us me admire him. The picture was taken from my spot in the recliner (I ate too much too) and out of her screen windows. I was afraid he would fly if I got up to get closer.
I love to watch out my windows for the different bird varieties. I often pull out my worn birding bible to identify them. My dream is to build up a habitat that is widely appealing to many different species. And I live for the day when cardinals, blue birds, and colorful woodpeckers will be a daily sighting here.
If you build it. . .THEY WILL COME!!
What's outside your window today? Have you checked yet???