Monday, December 17, 2007
I have four windows across the back wall of my family room and I spent a lot of time yesterday sitting or standing in front of the windows birdwatching while the guys watched football. I've discovered that when it snows the birds flock to my feeders. My yard was covered in birds most of the day. I saw the blue jay only once and took this picture from the kitchen window.
The mourning doves were all fluffed out and trying to stay warm.
~Out on a Limb~
I was a little concerned about the mourning dove on the icy limb, I thought for sure a gust of wind would break the limb, or bounce the dove right off.
I love the way the feathers look when they do this.
The starlings have become a nuisance at my feeders. They keep multiplying in number, are taking over and running off the more mild mannered birds. They love to eat anything and everything and they are quite loud.
This one liked the suet feeder and when it wasn't eating it just sat there looking in the window.
Where is that Cooper when you need it?
It was quite funny at times watching the birds trying to maneuver on the icy limbs. This woodpecker was trying its best to hang on but.......
it just couldn't do it and slid all the way down the limb.
~Woodpecker in Action~
The suet was coated with a layer of ice and snow. The next time we're expecting overnight weather like this I'll take the feeders to the garage and hang them out in the morning.
I now have the male and female downy as regular visitors.
It was quite amusing to watch the finches looking in the window. I was sitting right in front of the window too and I'm sure they could see me. We don't have a window ledge so it was no easy task for them to do this.
My other two sock feeders were completely covered with a thick layer of ice, I had just bought this one a few days ago and was very glad I had it on hand. I put it right in front of the window and as you can see, it was a big hit with the goldfinches.
This funny finch went down the whole length of the window drinking the water droplets from the window. This was the only time I saw it doing this. The other times they would just sit in one spot, as if they were trying to look inside.
I brought the feeders inside and placed them in front of the heater to let them thaw.
Today there seemed to be even more starlings and sparrows at the feeders. Thankfully, they finished off the cheap seed, (which isn't really that cheap), and I will only buy sunflower seeds for the regular feeders from now on. No more cheap seeds for me. I've learned my lesson. Hopefully this will diminish the sparrow and starling population at Robin's Nesting Place.