This Place is for the Birds

I love seeing birds in my yard. The shrubs have grown into each other over the years and there is plenty of cover, so I felt it was safe to put a birdfeeder out without too much danger of exposing the guests to hawks. These predators invariably come along when they see a lot of unsuspecting songbirds chowing down, and they like to take them for their own snack. I know hawks have to eat too, but I don’t feel right supplying birds for them. Let them get their own if they must.

I’ve also put a birdbath nearby. Some wash before eating, some afterwards, some not at all. The water seems to attract a lot more birds than the feeder alone would do.

About two weeks ago, I discovered red crossbills at the birdfeeder. They’re rather unusual around here, and one of my blog visitors commented that they don’t stay around long at his place. I wasn’t surprised when “my” crossbills disappeared a few days later too.

But Guess Who Came to Dinner a couple of days ago? Click on the photos for a larger picture.

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And now there’s another new visitor. He hasn’t been to the feeder before. Or I should say “she.” I think it’s an immature female hairy woodpecker. That’s what they’re called. It doesn’t mean that this female is immature and hairy. It’s a hairy woodpecker, I think she’s a female and I think she’s young.

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And just now Mr. Harry has come along.

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There is another special bird hanging around that I think is an albino type of towhee. It’s the colour of a pale chanterelle. I stood in the drizzle for about 15 minutes trying to get a photo of it, but it was very camera shy. If I ever get a picture of it, I’ll post it. Meanwhile, I keep on the lookout for other visitors. No time for housework here. This place has gone to the birds.

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38 thoughts on “This Place is for the Birds

  1. My Crossbills have moved on as well. They were here for a week or so and I suppose they got impatient with the lack of service. Yes, the feeders did get emptied rather quickly, and I was not refilling them soon enough for their liking. I imagine Tripadvisor will hear all about it and next year there won’t be any coming by. There are so many baby birds out there right now, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that you have an immature hairy woodpecker. They are so cute. I would definitely leave the housework alone and concentrate on the birdwatching. Enjoy and thanks for the beautiful photos!

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    • Thanks. Yes, I think that’s what it is. It’s got the right shape, size and behaviour and it’s a colour I’ve never seen on any other bird.It’s very much a recluse though, probably because it gets picked on (painted bird syndrome). I tried again today to get a picture of it but failed. Maybe tomorrow.

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    • You are so right, Margot. You don’t have to say it twice. Housework can wait. I could spend hours sitting near the window watching the birds. They especially love it when I’ve just filled the feeder and birdbath.

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  2. Love these photos as I’m sure you would realise… the wood pecker almost looks ready to take on the roof as a meal… the crossbill is fascinating… we don’t have anything like that here.. and it makes me wonder why it would have such a bill…. must do a bit of research on this when I have time… wonderful post…

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    • Thanks, Rob. I wondered about the bill myself, but it must work for them to crack seeds. As for the woodpeckers, I took a short video of them and saw that they were picking at things (bugs, probably) between the roof boards, so that’s a good thing – as long as they don’t drill too many holes in the boards while they’re at it.

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  3. Great pics of all your little friends. 🙂 My folks have so many birds that they feed and “bathe”. When I go out they disappear….but they hang around for mom and dad. Guess they truly know the hands that feed them?

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  4. After our holidays on the ocean I realized that I missed the singing birds. I didn´t like coming back home, but was rewarded with big concerts of hundreds of them. They seem to like the place around the creek and the trees (where they hang out at nights). I never understand that there are people in some places in Europe who shoot singing birds and eat them as a delicacy. This hurts me a lot. Your pictures are great (as always). We love birds, don´t we?

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    • People who eat songbirds do this country-wide. I don’t want to mention the countries by name. I think it’s a matter of education. People in those countries need to learn this at school and to hear about it on the radio and in the newspapers, that it’s not cool to shoot songbirds. Eat a chicken instead! But they aren’t even aware of how repulsive we find this habit. Education takes time, but I wonder how much time these songbirds have.

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    • I love seeing them. They are quite elusive and don’t usually visit our feeders – well, it’s the first time I’ve seen them here and only one other time on the island. They are kind of pretty.

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  5. We are appreciative of your interest in this natural world around us and most particularly the pretty songbirds. Sitting with a cup of tea, enjoying the nesting eagles flight over Goosespit.
    Lucky us, you have a camera to capture the migration paths of songbirds. A pleasure to view and read your wonderful wordsfromanneli!

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