Friday, December 30, 2016

Little Birds

I am sure I will regret it, but I bought a bird feeder and put it up--I thought it would amuse Stripey; but after 10 minutes she got bored with it, leaving us to watch the birds instead. They are cute, but there are a lot of them, rather like the bees. They can also empty out the feeder in a single day..except when the local, very small Cooper's Hawk shows up, and then they scatter. The Cooper's Hawk actually walked around on the ground like a surly pigeon after the small birds flew off, and he walked into the bushes and stuck his head in various holes, which seems like strange and risky behavior for a hawk that a dog or even a cat could take on. I guess he was hungry. The local possums and skunks are full of Christmas leftovers from the compost pile, so maybe they aren't out foraging as much. The squirrels in front can barely be bothered to get out of bed for nuts now.

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    1. It's true, and unlike the bees, these guys don't sting :D

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  2. I see the Blue Jay but wondered what the brown birds are. They look as large as the Jay in the photo but not like a brown thrasher?
    We were told here that a fountain with a warmer brings more birds in winter than bird seed. We do both but have had problems with starlings and they chase everyone off. :(

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    1. Those are sparrows..the other bird just looks blue, I think he's a nuthatch--he's got a little black cap. I am considering a bird bath :D

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  3. This morning I looked at the feeder (Cold here today) and the little sparrows have fluffed themselves up and look twice as large as they are. Your Nuthatch has lots more blue than ours. We have to take the feeders down at night because of the raccoons, so this AM when I took the feeders back out, I had bluebirds waiting for me. They were sitting on the railings looking at me as if to say "Hurry Up".

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    1. They learn fast, don't they? "It's the FOOD LADY!! YAY!!!

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