|Bird on Sunflower below the feeders|
My neighbors told me that he has seen a lot of cats congregating under my deck and I also saw one sitting under the feeder one evening just about sunset. I've put out citrus containers hoping to discourage the felines and hoping that my winged visitors return. I've done my homework online to find out how to turn this around but if anyone knows a way, please comment so that I can continue to enjoy my friends the birds.
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.
The other success was my attempt at attracting hummingbirds to my yard without using those messy sugar water feeders.
|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.
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|
It's August 30th and I just spotted a new friend. I thought I had two chicadees coming until I spotted the crest on one of the birds. It's a Black Crested Titmouse landing on the shepherd's hook that holds the birdfeeder.
I get the greatest feeling of accomplishment when I spy a new breed of visitor to my gardens and bird feeder.