Friday, June 19, 2009

Bird Crazy

Okay, I confess. We geek out about birds here at my house. Watching robins bob around the backyard is fun; watching the goldfinches flip upside-down to eat their thistle is endlessly entertaining; and it's always a joy to see a newcomer flit around the feeders.

We have three hummingbird feeders--two suction-cupped to the window and one on a shepherd's hook in the garden. Though mostly the ants use the one in the garden, we have been getting several hummingbirds to stop at the feeders, but not as many as we'd like...yet. Seems around here the hummingbirds don't make frequent stops until August. It's always cause for dropping what we're doing when one is spotted. They're simply amazing little creatures.

We have two regular feeders on the back patio. One full of thistle, the other full of a songbird mix. Mostly we have a lot of finches vying for the seeds, but we also get sweet chickadees and sparrows. Cardinals make an appearance about once a month (not nearly often enough) and cowbirds, grackles and mourning doves are always trying to find a way to balance on the small feeder--very amusing.

We once had a blue jay stop by, and while it was beautiful I was okay with it not staying as they have a reputation for being mean. One of the best sightings we had was a woodpecker. We stood and gawked for quite a while as it pecked at the seed.

Lately, one of the baby robins (now a toddler) has been hopping around, pulling up worms...and perching on the shepherd's hook that holds the two seed feeders. We're thinking it's species confused and really wants to be a finch. He's very cute though, sitting there with dangling worms as the finches ignore him.

How about you? Do you geek out about birds too? And what kinds do you have on your feeders?



debbie said...

We're pretty much "whatever comes to the backyard" geeks. I'm thinking of opening a nature preserve. We get bunnies, deer, ducks, geese and the ever present, much hated, woodchuck.

Our chickens stare out the window of the coop and probably wonder..."why are THEY getting all the attention?"

Ann H. said...

Yes - bird geeks at our house, too. Mostly me - the kids and my husband know if I'm staring out the window and I don't see any birds, they claim "Well, guess we have to feed mom's birds" (translate - feeders empty). I've had finches, cardinals, sparrows, mourning doves, the occasional indigo bunting. We had more blue jays when I put sunflower seeds out - but my goofy dogs always eat the seeds that fall under the feeder and then end up upchucking all over the place. I also have a mini waterfall-type fountain I received for Mother's Day last year - the finches (and our resident chipmunk) sit on the top to drink water from it - even though we also have a bird bath. Really fun to watch!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh yes, we're definitely bird geeks. At our home in NC we have cardinals, nut-hatches, wrens, chickadees, finches, gold finches, woodpeckers (different types), hummingbirds, doves and cowbirds (yuck. It's so much fun to watch them.

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Theo Epstein said...

No. I've chosen to be cool instead.

Heather Webber said...

Had a red-winged blackbird today too. And a hole feeder of songbird seed was gone by mid-afternoon. Maybe they're vultures?

Anonymous said...

Heather, actually, we do! We don't have pets in my family, but we have near pets in the form of hummingbirds. We've got 8 feeders on our 2 acres, 2 of which are attached to the house - one at our kitchen window and one at the window by our front door. I swear, those are the favorites of the birds. It seems that they enjoy watching us! We often feel like WE'RE the ones in the zoo!

We have names for a couple of them. Guardo is ever vigilant, keeping watch for long stretches of time in his favorite resting place in our backyard, and then there is Stretch, who looks like a normal sized bird until she stretches out her body to look around. She seems to move more up and down than side to side, so her habits stand out from the rest.

My son's first painting when he was two years old was a hummingbird!

Heather Webber said...

Scrappy Kay, I love it! We used to name our hummingbirds, too, when we had regulars. Isn't it funny, the different personalities?

jbstanley said...

I love watching the songbirds at the feeder. If I hadn't fed our birds so well, we might not have had so many woodpecker issues! :)

Maggie Sefton said...

I love all the birds that come to our yard---no feeders (bec of squirrels) but plenty of bushes with berries and such and lots of trees to perch in and sing. I love the different birdson that changes from morning to evening.