Stories & pictures about birds & nature, mostly in my backyard.....with occasional bits of pets, knitting, weather, food & family thrown in for variety.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Birds at the Window
My window feeder tray has been getting a lot of visitors this year. In previous years, I've only put peanuts out there for the bluejays, but this year (thanks to the Christmas gift from my Sissy), I have some really nice Winter Blend birdseed (from Wild Birds Unlimited). I can use this seed in the tray because all the seeds are hulled (no mess on the patio below). The blend contains mostly whole sunflower hearts, but also dried cranberries, nuts, and little suet balls. Of course, the bluejays still come and chow down on all the nuts, but when there's just sunflower hearts left, I have had lots of other birds stopping by this window tray. It seems now that it's been so cold, the birds' desire to find food has somewhat overcome their caution about coming so close to the house. So here are some pictures of visitors outside my window.
Mourning Dove (looks pretty comfortable, doesn't he?)
American Tree Sparrow
House Finch (partially leucistic)
Dark-Eyed Junco And just for fun, here's a little movie of the chickadee snacking on mealworms at the window feeder.