Rambles and Bird Butts

It’s been a while. My FIL crossed peacefully on the morning of Jan. 3, so I’ve been busy with other things.  But this morning it’s time to get back to some sort of normalcy.  Whatever that is…

It’s a balmy 21 degrees outside, and the birds are taking advantage of our food offerings.  The background looks odd because it’s the side of an old backyard shed.  The line the feeders are hung on goes from the back kitchen window across to the shed, and the photo is shot from the window, so there is no way to eliminate the shed – at least not in my photographic sphere of influence.

We have been inundated with American goldfinches; more than 100 now and it seem word is spreading that this is a good place to dine.

We’ve also enjoyed purple finches, and the usual titmice, Carolina chickadees, juncos, white-throated sparrows, cardinals, downy, hairy, red-bellied and pileated woodpeckers, Carolina wrens, white-breasted nuthatches – and probably a couple I’ve forgotten to mention.  Oh, see? Blue jays and crows, too.

This is the view out the window where my computer desk is.  I’ve seen more than my share of goldfinch and titmice bird butts lately…

 I’m filling sunflower feeder at three times a day – once just before dark to make sure they’re filled and ready for morning.  The sock feeders hold Niger and the goldfinches just love those!

An extra scoop is scattered on the ground for the ground-preferring sparrows and juncos that actually get to eat a little when the finches aren’t taking over.

I’m enjoying watching, but also getting itchy to band, so I’m in the process of setting up a banding station and will probably start in March.  We’ll see….

One Response to “Rambles and Bird Butts”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook Says:

    It's a banner year for Goldfinches here too. Love the butts! I have many of those pictures.Sorry about your father-in-law's passing.


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