Thursday, August 20, 2009

My yardbirds...Past and Present

I can truly say I am addicted to birds and birding. I am always looking out my windows while at home. I can not pass a window without looking for the birds. You never know when there might be a new yardbird. My last new yardbird were a pair of Cedar Waxwings. WOW, they are beautiful birds.

Seeing the Rose Breasted Grosbeak in my yard for the first time was the bird that started me into the world of birding. It is a gorgeous bird.

With the help of my wonderful husband we have landscaped the yard with the birds in mind. Hubby did all the work I mainly picked out the flowers and bushes that would attract wildlife to our yard. It has worked and now I am enjoying all the birds and wildlife that visit. We planted berry bushes to attract more birds. I picked out Holly bushes, Blueberry bushes, Winterberry and some Blackberries. We also have some wild berries growing in the yard too. I do not think my yardbirds will go hungry.

The Eastern Bluebirds that nest in my yard are just one of my favorite yardbirds. Other favorites and regular visitors are the Carolina Wrens, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches, Downy woodpeckers and RedBellied woodpeckers. The American Goldfinches and the Northern Cardinals add some wonderful color to my yard.

The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds this time of year are fun to watch. I have a male who sits throne over his kingdom. He will chase away any other hummer even a goldfinch if they go near HIS feeders. He can come within inches of my face when he zooms around my deck.

There are some birds I only see in the winter months. The Red Breasted Nuthatch is really cute and I love watching it come to my feeders.

For the last couple of years I have had a beautiful male Pine Warbler at my feeders. His bright yellow color in the winter puts a smile on my face. I loved watching the Pine Warbler and consider myself lucky to have this bird visit my yard.
Some other winter birds include the Junco and the White Throated Sparrow.

This past winter I was treated to large flocks of Pine Siskins. They took over my feeders and cleaned out my thistle seed feeders.


  1. I signed in using my Google account. It looks like you are doing fine, except I am having trouble reading your text. Perhaps this is because I am half color blind, but I would like to see more contrast. I usually prefer a light colored background.


  2. Eileen you sly dog you have been holding out on us. This is terriffic! Congrats on your new adventure!


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