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.
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.
And just now Mr. Harry has come along.
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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