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~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!

 

 

SBS : ~Broad-tailed Hummingbird ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~ Broad-tailed Hummingbird ~

"I wish this itch would go away"
“I wish this itch would go away”

In my garage I have several Hummingbird feeders hanging on pegs collecting dust. Several, because every time I visit a hardware store, I mossy over and look at the feeders and there is usually a cute one just asking me to take it home. I blame Howard the hubby, because he likes to go to hardware stores. If I was being honest, so do I. In fact I love going to hardware stores.

 

Well, just maybe this one will help keep the bees and wasps away, I tell myself. So one comes home with me and after a few tries it goes on the peg next to a couple more. I just hate seeing the bees chasing the Hummingbirds away. I don’t worry too much, because throughout this spring and summer we have had several Hummers hanging out in the yard enjoying the flowers I planted just for them.

 

Howard, said one day “Why don’t you hang up some of your feeders for them?” Oh jeez “here we go again.”

 

Back in the early part of spring, at the time I brought an Oriole feeder, I also bought the very best Hummer feeding mix on the market; however, I won’t mention the name. So I got out my feeders, washed them really well, filled them using this mix and hung two feeders up, one in the front yard and one in the back. Gotta keep the hubby happy!

 

Guess what? The Hummers would take one sip and fly away not to return to the feeder. The bees, wasps and the House Finches loved my attempt at feeding the tiny guys. I have never seen the House Finches enjoying the Hummer feeder as I have this year. I know the importance of the honey bees and don’t want to cause any harm to them, but I just wish they would leave the Hummers alone while they are trying to eat.

 

One afternoon last week, around happy hour, hubby and I were sitting out on the deck watching one of the ignored, cute hummer feeders I had filled with pretty red liquid. Howard says “I don’t think they like that stuff. Why don’t you try mixing your own food for them? Okay, I say. I can see that they just don’t like the pretty red liquid in my cute little feeder.  

 

Last Sunday I mixed up a batch using the recommended blend of one cup of water to four teaspoons of sugar. I filled the two feeders with my blah, white blend and we waited to see how the Hummingbirds would react to my new offering. Almost immediately we had several female Broad-tailed Hummers declare their claim to these feeders. Yeah! Finally!

 

These females have been busy scouting, eating, fighting and resting. They are so much fun to watch. Just wondering how much longer, this season, they will be around.

 

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)

bird on a wire

such a tiny life full of fire

female without doubt

During this past week I was able to capture a few images of a Hummer as she sat on one of Howard’s Amateur Ham Radio antennas. They seem to love perching there, I believe, because it is high and the perfect scouting post.

 

After taking a few photos the other day and now looking at their facial expressions it is amusing and makes me wonder, what are they thinking. I wonder if a female Hummer could talk what would she say?

 

I caught her as she was flying away. I was playing around with the colors of the background.
I caught her as she was flying away. I was playing around with the colors of the background.