For the Birds
We moved into our new house one year ago. One of the first things we did was put up a shepherd’s hook to hang bird feeders.
We had the feeders at our old house. In order to see what was going on, I had to stand on the sun porch.
At the new house, we set up my gravity chair next to the window in the great room facing the backyard. The bird feeders are 16 feet from the window. Now I can watch what is happening comfortably.
Along the property line in the back, some trees and bushes stand next to the wire fence. They provide a place for the birds to see the feeders safely before venturing to consume the seed.
All spring, summer, and fall, several members of many species visited the feeders: cardinals, tufted titmouses, house finches, purple finches, mourning doves, dark-eyed juncoes, house sparrows, blue jays, black-capped chickadees, and white-breasted nuthatches. Individual birds included a downy woodpecker, a red-bellied woodpecker, a black and white warbler, and a cowbird. More stayed in the trees or on the ground: a brown creeper, a northern flicker, and American robins. A ruby-throated hummingbird frequented the adjacent walled garden.
Since January, the big change is a flock of grackles and redwing blackbirds. They are skittish, flying off if I move. They have replaced the squirrels in terms of eating the food quickly.
We are happy to feed the birds because they are entertaining. A problem we face as spring comes is the destruction of our newly planted perennials and shrubs by deer, groundhogs, and rabbits. If we could draw their attention to something else to eat, all would be fine.