One thing I love about our new house is the back yard. We didn’t have one at our old house, so this is a real treat.
(Making good progress on taming the wild jungle, too.) The nice thing is that it brings all kinds of birds. You all know I love nature. I actually feel privileged when wildlife comes to my yard and feel safe enough to hang out there. Here are some of the birds that have visited. All photos are courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
This one came early in the spring and we kept hearing the call over and over again and didn’t know what it was. My sister is a birder extraordinaire and she helped us identify. Then we haven’t heard it anymore, which makes sense because it is a migratory bird and now is gone from the area. It is a white-throated sparrow:
Lots of cardinals – one of my favorite birds!
I think there might be 2 pairs of cardinals that come by. Hopefully we will see some babies!
The cute little chickadee:
Pixie always seems especially interested in the chickadees, for whatever reason.
The Pileated Woodpecker. I was walking into the back yard the other day and John called my name to have me stop. I looked up at the tree I was standing near and there he was!
These guys are really big birds, too. Woody Woodpecker is modeled after them.
Speaking of woodpeckers, the little downy ones have also stopped by – and pecked on the house. They won’t be getting food out of bricks 😀
The nuthatch. These birds are the cutest to watch because they walk up and down the sides of trees and walk upside down.
The peck at wood like a woodpecker does, but it is much slower and more like tap, tap, tap than the hammering of a woodpecker.
I have a couple seed feeders out, but the squirrels seem to get more than the birds 😀
We have also seen a couple hummingbirds and I have feeders out. So hopefully I can cross something off my bucket list, which is to have hummers in my yard.
I hope at some point to get a real DSLR camera so I can get some of my own shots of them in the yard.