|Bird on Sunflower below the feeders|
Last year's season was productive and I saw a variation of adult sparrows feeding their chicks. One night I started to leave the deck when I spied a ball of fluff at the bottom of the steps. I was horrified thinking that a neighborhood cat had gotten to a chick. It had the tiniest of tails and was not well plumed yet.
|Fuschia Hanging Baskets|
|Hibiscus that I wintered.|
|hummingbird at hibiscus|
I was finally rewarded at twilight one evening when I noticed the tiniest of fluttering around the hibiscus. It was a hummingbird investigating the cups where the blooms had fallen off. Hopefully, it will return to give me bird watching pleasure.
Last year, I replaced the fuscia with a scarlet trumpet honeysuckle hanging planter. I placed it on the hanger closest to my porch and to my amazement it attracted a hummingbird within a half hour of when I put it up. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take a picture of it but it flitted around all of the open trumpets on all sides of the planter and didn't pay any attention to me sitting less than 3 feet away from it.
The chickadees came back in May but I haven't seen them lately even though I hear them when I sit out on the deck.
|Cardinal on solar light|
|Goldfinch on feeder|
The goldfinches came early summer but have just started coming back in August.
My biggest accomplishment is seeing a bluejay at the feeder. They are been elusive in the past and only heard warning the other birds when danger was near.
|Jaybird on fence across the alley|
|Black Crested Titmouse|
I get the greatest feeling of accomplishment when I spy a new breed of visitor to my gardens and bird feeder.