Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Another Visit From the Cooper
Yesterday, while sitting at the computer, I glanced out the window and saw a Cooper's hawk on my patio swing! I had been tossing bird seed on the patio so the birds would come closer and entertain the cat, the dog and the Robin ;) that resides here. We've had quite a few dark-eyed juncos, sparrows and mourning doves eating the seeds from the patio, I guess the Cooper's hawk saw an easy target.
Anyway, I grabbed my camera and before I could get to the window it flew to one of my maple trees. I was so disappointed to have it that close and not get a picture. At least I was able to get one picture through a screened window before it quickly took off.
I spotted the woodpecker at a distance a couple of times today. Now that the snow has melted, the mourning doves and dark-eyed juncos are not as plentiful.
I checked out a few, (eight to be exact), bird books from the library and I've enjoyed reading and learning more about the birds of the Midwest, their dietary habits and the plants to add that will attract them to my backyard.
I bought some cheap peanut butter and spread a little on one of the trees the downy is frequenting. I also made a mixture of peanut butter, Crisco, corn meal, raisins, millet, sunflower seed butter, and shelled safflower seeds. I didn't follow a recipe, I just mixed up what I had on hand and kept adding things to get the consistency I wanted. Hopefully, it will attract a few more birds.