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March 30, 2012

The bird feeder - SOLC #30

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We hung a bird feeder on the side of our shed years ago.  When I keep the feeder full of seed and suet cakes, we get lots of bird traffic.  It helps that we have lots of bushes at our fence line, and we live across the street from a nature sanctuary.

Mornings are my favorite time of day when we don't have to rush to work and school.  I sit at the dining room table and try to identify all the birds who stop by.  Every year we see a pair of cardinals, lots of sparrows and we've even a woodpecker or two.  In late winter, a group of birds who look like they are wearing tuxedos stop by.  My mom thinks they might be from Alaska.

My most exciting bird sighting happened last summer.  I spotted an indigo bunting.  Wow - these birds have
the most beautiful blue feathers.  I tried to snap a photo through the screen with my phone, but I was unsuccessful.  I was so excited to see this bird that I was jumping around the living room, calling out to my family.  They really thought I was nuts!  Take a look at a picture I found - wouldn't you be excited, too?

From avibirds.com - photo by Lang Elliot
Maybe I'm a bird brain, but I do enjoy watching all the birds at the feeder.  They are happy creatures, hopping around, vying for a spot at the feeder, waiting their turn on the shed.  Today we were able to capture these photos.  They were taken through the windows, but you get the idea.  Enjoy!

Nuttall's Woodpecker (I think)
Cardinal on the feeder, sparrows on the roof

2 comments:

  1. Wow that Bunting is gorgeous! It reminds me of a Mountain Bluebird I saw just once in the Rocky Mountians-same take-your-breath-away blue, beautiful. We love watching (and naming) birds at the feeder too. Lately though we've had only Goldfinches, a few cardinals.

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  2. Chris, I love watching birds too while drinking my coffee on a lazy morning. I am always amazed and in awe if I see a bird that is rare for our area...like a hummingbird beautiful!

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