Why this obvious placement for optimal bird watching and bird photographing did not occur to one sooner, who can tell? There are criteria for where the poles can be stuck, such as no plants growing there, and that is getting to be a rare spot on the daylily hill as more plants seem to find a home there each year. The sunflower seed shells contain a chemical that inhibits growth of some plants also. Quite a pile of this debris is not good for whatever is growing beneath it so the poles need to be moved for that reason also. Then the slope issue has to be dealt with, the ground will not hold if the angle of the slope is too great. The final consideration is the squirrels. It has been read that the feeders need to be more than ten feet from a tree or jumping position, in an effort to at the least make it more difficult for them to leap onto the feeders. With all these things to think about, the view from inside the house is sometimes forgotten. There is also a feeder by the pond outside the ten foot glass doors in our bedroom. The view of the garden plus birds was always in the design plan. Every window needs the best view possible.
See how the feeders being so close to each other enables the viewers to see more birds in one frame? No more trying to look two or more places at once. This is a big improvement and will make future bird counting attemps much easier.
A favorite customer, the red bellied woodpecker, he/she is the largest of the feeder feeders.
We can now watch several birds having dinner at once, very enjoyable on a chilly day.
The woodpecker is the only bird undaunted by the aggressive cardinals. He gets to sit on the wire feeder filled with the peanut suet nuggets and feast to his heart’s content. The cardinals must settle for sunflower seed or wait until he is done and flies off into the trees for them to be able to partake of the goodies.
This wire feeder is the most popular destination for the gourmets that seek the nuggets. New this year, the feeder was very inexpensive, however the bags of nuggets to keep it filled have set us back a pretty penny.
Amid the daffodil tips, a white throated sparrow pecks among the fallen seed. These birds blend in completely with the mulch. It is a guess as to whether this bird is even in the view finder when trying to take its picture, we were lucky this once to get him somewhat in focus. They don’t stay still in one place for more than a moment.