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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!