Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Another Season of Winged Visitors

In April, my winter months proved less than rewarding with my feathered friends.  I put out my seeds all winter long and tried several types of feeders when one didn't produce any takers.  I've totally turned over my feeders to two types that another bird enthusiast told me he uses in his yard.

Bird on Sunflower below the feeders
I've been enjoying nature with a chipmunk who climbs the bird feeder and helps himself and a baby bunny who hop around between four yards across from the side of my house.  It's so nice watching them come and go.

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.

Sparrow Chick
The other success was my attempt at attracting hummingbirds to my yard without using those messy sugar water feeders.

Fuschia Hanging Baskets
Last year, I started out the season by hanging two fuschia baskets in an attempt to attract the delightful birds to my deck area.  When the fuschia plants started to burn out and the flowers started to become fewer, I decided I had to try another method of attracting those spectacular birds that can fly up, down, back and forward.  They are so small and  zip though the air so fast sometimes you question if you saw them at all.  My attempt to winter the fuscia didn't work out so I had to replace them.

Hibiscus that I wintered.
I had better success with the hibiscus but it died over the winter and I had to replace it with one from Home Depot.  One thing about hibiscus is that the flowers are so fragile and I had placed the plant near the area where the other birds visit my bird feeder.  I noticed one of the blooms had been knocked off the plant.  The other drawback is that each hibiscus bloom only flowers for one day and then it closes up to fall off the plant.  It took a couple of days.  This year I placed the plant on the top step to my deck where it gets sun and rain but is within my view when I sit out.

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.
Trumpet Honeysuckle

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.

Chicadee

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
My cardinals are back and see an assortment of fledglings and adult birds that come to the feeder.

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
The ferrel cats from last year have been replaced with my chipmunk and bunny so I'm happy again with nature.

Black Crested Titmouse

I get the greatest feeling of accomplishment when I spy a new breed of visitor to my gardens and bird feeder.

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