~whimsical wednesday – cold birds~

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"Are you going to come out here and fill this feeder for me? Its cold out here!"
“Are you going to come out here and fill this feeder for me? Its cold out here!”

We have had COLD temperatures the last several days; lows at night getting down into the teens, highs during the day hovering around the low fifties. Rain, hail, wind and snow all during the past few days. Spring?

With the temperatures getting down so low at night (19 degrees), I felt it necessary to try my best to make sure the birds were feed well during the day. We setup several feeding stations, even purchasing a couple of new feeders.

I am tired of the Squirrels, Coons, Deer and Bear getting into my bird feeders! The bears are the worse!

It would be nice if the other wildlife wouldn’t destroy the feeders, while trying to eat. We have been taking the feeders in at night, trying to minimize the damage, but that can be a real pain!

I looked out my kitchen window this morning and there was a rabbit, chowing down on the seed I threw out on the ground. So, I should add rabbits to my list above, but they don’t destroy the feeders. I love all the critters, but just don’t want them destroying our bird feeders.

Squirrel Proof? This is one of our new feeders. A deck mount. I  sure hope the critters can't reach this one, because it is a long way down1
Squirrel Proof? This is one of our new feeders. A deck mount. I sure hope the critters can’t reach this one, because it is a long way down if they fall.

 

Love this little feeder (not a sharp photo, because the wind was blowing)
Love this little feeder (not a sharp photo, because the wind was blowing hard)

I found the little feeder above at Wal-Mart. It is perfect for feeding the Orioles Oranges and Grape Jelly. They seem to love it also.

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole

 

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole

 

Dip, Dip, Dip
Dip, Dip, Dip

This Oriole feeder is one I purchased last year and I fill it with sugar water and a little of the Oriole orange colored mix, which turns the water an orange color. I also fill a Hummer feeder with the same liquid, which the Orioles seem to enjoy.

"Are you still watching me?"
“Are you still watching me?”

The photos below were taken from inside the house through the glass. I can’t seem to sneak up on these guys!

Western Tanager on a very cold MAY day
Western Tanager on a very cold MAY day

 

Black-headed Grosbeak (male)
Black-headed Grosbeak (male)
Sitting in the Sun
Sitting in the Sun

During the last couple of days we have had the following birds visit our yard:

1 – Western Tanager (male)

2 – Black-headed Grosbeaks (male and female)

3 – Lazuli Buntings (several pair)

4 – Morning Doves (several pair)

5 – Eurasian Collared Doves (several pair)

6 -House Finches (several pair)

7 – House Sparrows (several pair)

8 – Robins (several pair)

9 – Blue Jays (a family)

10 -Scrub Jays

11 -Black-capped Chickadees (several pair)

12 – Spotted Towhees

13 – Bullock’s Orioles (several males)

 

A nice list indeed!

Warmer days are headed our way, I hope!

 

 

18 thoughts on “~whimsical wednesday – cold birds~”

  1. That is a nice list indeed Sheila. I love the little oriole feeder. Not knowing much about these birds, if I put up an oriole feeder in Moab, UT, would it attract orioles there? And also, does the feeder attract ants? I would have to use a shepherds hook to hang it. Last year when we were there I had to fill the hummingbird feeder every other day or so…I have never seen so many and such busy little hummers!

    I hope your weather warms up soon…
    And also hope Skye is doing much better…

    1. Good Morning Gay, we haven’t had any trouble with ants. Bees are another story! It looks like you might get to see the Scott’s and Bullock’s Oriole. My books show that UT is a spring/summer range for them. I do know they like Hummer food and will go to a Hummer feeder. I haven’t seen a single Hummer as yet! 😦

      I hope you get to see lots of them again!

      Our Skye River is doing well. Still a little sore and the wounds are healing nicely. She will be on meds until the end of this week. Thanks for asking! Give your “kids” a hug for me!

  2. Great photos, Sheila. I’m sure all the critters really appreciate the food you put out for the birds. I suppose they don’t understand why birds should be more special than they are. 🙂

    1. Hi Sylvia! Nice to hear from you this morning! They might not realize why the birds are just a little special!

      I do love all of them! Just think I would have to have a Deer Station, a Coon Station, I forgot about the Elk in the fall, so I would have to have an Elk station (maybe they could share the Deer Station). Whew, that would be a lot of money, plus I might be place in a jail cell – LOL!

      Have a beautiful day!

  3. I have bird feeders, squirrel feeders, hummingbird feeders, & a salt block for the deer. My most joy is watching the squirrels they are the acrobats.
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    1. Hi Niki! The squirrels in my yard are amazing acrobats, defying gravity and getting exactly what they want! I do enjoy watching them. Hope you are having a great day!

  4. A lovely list and such wonderful photos….living in the great wilderness you are very lucky to be in contact with all these wonderful creatures! On this side of the pond, even the birds stay away as much as they can from human settlements. I do thnk that there are people who put up feeders somewhere. In the U.S. my Mom has bird feeders and squirrel feeders. She puts out corn cobs for them ( squirrels) though she does have to be careful as they are messy eaters and the dry corn on the ground is slippery. Thanks for this wonderful post…loved it! And have a great week!

    1. Hey! Thank you kindly! Do you ever come to the US to visit? Glad your Mom enjoys feeding the critters also. Wishing you happy story telling; I enjoy your posts very much! Have a great week as well!

  5. loving these beautiful birds; I’m wondering if the colour-mix actually does influence the colour saturation in the Orioles too? I remember many years back adding colourant for the canaries fr this purpose.

    1. Hi Carole, thanks for stopping by, I received your comment just fine! You know, I don’t know, will have to look that up. When traveling around, in the US, we notice color variations in some birds between the southern states and the western states. Examples are the Doves, they seem darker in the southwest. My husband and I don’t want to travel to a lot of places outside of the US, Australia is one place we would love to visit.

    1. Hi Karen, thank you my list is pretty good, but I am not seeing the Sparrows that I usually have. Such as the White-Crowned. However, this has been a colder Spring!

      You will look out and the Orioles will be there! I have about four males, but haven’t seen a female. I will go take a look at your post. Happy Birding and thanks for stopping by!

  6. We are very treed here so we take the feeders in at night to avoid the raccoons, but there is a lot of info out there about keeping squirrels out… But yes,,everything is hungry… Michelle

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