Birding In My Backyard

It’s been an exciting Spring around my feeders.  Eastern Bluebirds have visited my yard in the beginning of Spring before, but never have I seen them so frequently as this year. They don’t land on the feeders, but they love to gather pine straw and such for their nest and also getting bugs and worms from the yard.  Next Spring I plan on putting up a house for them.

 

Painted Buntings are the most colorful of my backyard birds.  They frequent my feeders all summer long.  The males, as in all species of birds, are the colorful ones.

Carolina Wrens may not have striking colors, but its song is loud and beautiful for such a small bird.  They like to nest around our house and this year they chose to nest inside our workshop on top of my husband’s hiking shoes.  There were four eggs and at least three hatched.  Unfortunately, we left for a trip a couple of days after they hatched, so I did not get to see them grow and fly from the nest.

It is always a thrill to see hummingbirds.  I have two feeders and several hummingbirds feed pretty regularly.  One flew into my glass door and sat stunned on a chair.  Thankfully he was fine and flew away after a while.  My pictures are not the best, but you may still enjoy seeing them.

We always have Cardinals around.  This year I got a couple of nice shots of a male feeding it’s young.

There are a variety of other birds that frequent my yard.  They include Black-capped Chickadee, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch and the Red-bellied Woodpecker.

This Osprey landed in one of my trees just above the bird bath.  This is very unusual.

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It is nice to be able to go birding without leaving home.  Put up a feeder in your yard, you may be surprised what will show up.

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4 responses to “Birding In My Backyard

  1. Good photos of a variety of birds. We’re enjoying our humming birds, too, along with the usual shore birds: blue heron, little blue heron, yellow crested night heron, osprey, bald eagles & others. It’s a constant changing scene out there with the tide fluctuations–love it!

  2. Great pics, thanks for sharing

  3. Beautiful pics as usual. Sounds like you have a bird sanctuary there. The best bird story I have is a visit from a red tailed hawk last yr. He must have hurt his wing somehow. He tapped on my door, Sat on my deck railing, perched on some driftwood looking roots. He was around for a couple of hrs. But then flew off. He was huge and very beautiful. Didn’t get a good pic tho as I was trying to get it thru the screen.

  4. Beautiful photos Sherry! The birds always put on a great show! Love the osprey in the tree!

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