Tag: Backyard Bird Feeding
We see hawks in the back garden, but usually they are perched on a distant branch, or sometimes they come swiftly gliding through, hoping to snatch some unfortunate smaller bird.
This past weekend a pair of Scarlet Tanagers visited the back garden. Like the Indigo Bunting, this is a bird that we see only once every year or so.
I don’t believe in coincidences. It cannot be just chance that so many of our best backyard bird sightings happen on or the day before Mother’s Day. I’m convinced that these rare appearances are a gift from one mother to another, namely from Mother Nature to Judy.
Recently Judy was on the back porch and noticed a small bird flitting in and out of the bird house that hangs just outside of the windows.
In addition to Goldfinches, we’ve also got plenty of Mourning Doves. Sometimes I think we have too many Mourning Doves. Not exactly a rare bird.
We’ve had lots of Goldfinches this winter, more than in recent years. They’re all over our two nyjer seed feeders.
Mother Nature gave Judy a very nice gift for Mother’s Day – the first Scarlet Tanagers we have ever seen in our garden. They showed up while we were having brunch on the back porch with our son Daniel – coming and going throughout the afternoon.
Catbirds sound as if they should be some kind of mythical creature – part cat, part bird – like centaurs or griffins. However, Gray Catbirds are actually another one of those migratory birds that arrive from Central America to spend summers in our garden. They compensate for their relatively drab coloring with vocal talents. At …
We’re having a blizzard today, possibly a foot of snow or more by tomorrow morning. I’m not complaining, though. I get to spend the day on the porch watching the birds at the feeders. This is the kind of weather that keeps the feeders busy. There are lots of Woodpeckers, Chickadees, and Goldfinches – but …
In April I usually start changing the mix of bird foods that I offer in my back garden feeders. There are a few reasons for this. First off, I want to get ready for the neotropical migrants – orioles, grosbeaks, indigo buntings, etc. – that usually arrive in Chicago right around May 1. If you …