A couple of weeks ago, my Garden Wilson hung my bird feeder from a branch on my sweet gum tree – in an attempt to keep the squirrels from eating all the bird seed. I also had to move one of my tiki torches because the squirrel had learned to use it as a platform from which to jump onto the bird feeder. Argh. But now, the feeder is safe from the squirrels. With the new song bird blend of bird seed I bought and the lack of access to the gray climbing rodents, birds are flocking to my feeder in droves!
While lounging in my living room one cloudy day, shortly after hanging the bird feeder, I was able to get a few pictures of the birds visiting my back yard. Although these pictures won’t win any photography contests (I took them with my cell phone through the sliding glass doors – so I wouldn’t frighten the birds away), they are good enough to see the different avian visitors I’ve been getting.
I do know the identification of some of these birds, but not all. For example, I’m unsure what the small, brown birds are. If you can identify any birds, please let me know in the comments below.
We have two male cardinals and one female that frequent the feeder. The males are already fussing with each other, so mating season must be here. On this particular day, the female was with only one of the males.
Both the male and female cardinals are waiting their turn at the busy feeder. (The female is on a branch above the bird house.)
This is the first time I’ve ever seen this bird. After looking it up online, I believe this is a house finch. (Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.)
I love watching the birds at my feeder, and their chirping sounds are delightful.
While the feeder is busy, many birds pick up the scraps that fall to the ground. If you look closely, you’ll see two or three small birds in between the male and female cardinal. (Anyone know what kind of birds those are?)
Although I often hear the mourning doves around, this is the first time I’ve seen them.
I’m so happy my bird feeder is bringing so many varieties of birds to my yard. These pictures haven’t even captured all of them. This year so far, I’ve also seen Carolina wrens, mockingbirds, a blue jay, and a robin. As the weather warms, I’m sure I’ll see even more.
Do you have any bird feeders? What kinds of birds do you have on your homestead?