Feeding The Birds
This is the view from our addition where we joined the main house to the detached garage. The whole back wall contains a twelve foot, three section patio door. The bird feeders are positioned so that optimum viewing can be done while sitting in the rocking recliner comptemplating life in general. There are binoculars at hand and the Peterson bird book to look up any newcomers not familiar to us. Having enjoyed the photos of birds on some of the blogs recently, Carol at Maydreams and Yolanda Elizabet at Bliss, I wanted to try and get some shots of our bird visitors. After the search for the owner’s manuel for my camera was successful, imagine the surprise of finding a button that zooms in. The things you can learn when you read the instructions, even after you have had the camera for four years. Out we went, it was sort of sleeting/misting but an umbrella kept the camera dry. These photos were all taken the same day last week. It is hard to not scare the birds away with an umbrella however, so it had to be put down. Also, standing very still for a very long time waiting for some feeder action in the cold and wet is not recommended. But some of the birds cooperated and allowed their portrait to be taken.
The squirrels can climb onto this feeder but the seed is held below a double grid of white plastic that makes it too hard for their greedy little paws to get any seed out.
The goldfinch is wearing his dull winter coat. Around mid March he will become a brilliant golden yellow.
We have many cardinals. They bully the smaller birds and each other at the feeders. This female is puffed up, against the cold wet wind maybe?
There is a metal fencepost and trellis with a Cadenza rose growing on it just a couple of feet from the feeders. See the precipitation dripping on the canes. She is waiting her turn.
She looks kind of mad here. Don’t try and come get a bite you chickadees and titmice.
Below the feeders, spilled seed doesn’t go to waste. The juvenile rufous sided towhee and song,strike that, white throated, thanks Lisa, sparrow pick up the crumbs.
Back to the wire feeder filled with peanut suet pellets. This is a new feeder and filler this year and has been extremely popular. But the squirrels can get to it, even with the chicken wire baffle I hung below it.
The white breasted nuthatch feeds and creeps on the nearby tree upside down.
Mister Cardinal looks like a red flower in the winterscape of the garden.
He too cleans up any whole seed that has fallen from the hanging feeder. Note the daffodil foliage just to the right of him.
This photo from March 28, 2007 shows the most exciting event of the bird watching at Faire Garden. Click on the image to see better the yellow tail band and black bandit mask. The passing through of the cedar waxwings. They stop by here twice a year, in spring and fall and partake of the water in the pond. Last year the pond had to be redone at the time of their fly by, due to a leak in the liner, and was not available for these beloved birds. I was worried they would not stop here. They don’t use the feeders, only the water. There are usually at least twenty or thirty at a time that stop for a day or two. This photo was taken from inside the house, you can see the screen of the door. Since the pond was drained they had to jam onto the birdbath for their drinks. It was a lucky opportunity to be able to get a picture of this event. With the newfound knowledge of the zoom button on the camera, maybe the waxwing stop can be captured this March, this time on the newly rebuilt pond.
Waiting for waxwings,