I was taking a walk in our woods when I heard a distinctive chirp that caught my attention. After waiting quietly for a few minutes I noticed some movement in the leaves and then I saw a flash of blue. With camera ready I waited and after a while was rewarded with a visit from this beautiful male Indigo Bunting.Read More
I photographed these Cedar Waxwings resting in a dead tree, visible from my backyard. The beautiful Cedar Waxwings were soaking up the fading evening sunlight. Notice their beautiful colors and masked face. I love watching them do amazing ups and downs in their flight patterns as they hunt flying insects.
Check out the Mountain Ash trees in your neighborhood, the trees should be full of orange berries right now. Cedar Waxwings love the berries and they often feed in flocks of over 100. Learn more about them by visiting all about birds.org
Let me know if you spot any!Read More
I love having my high view Aspect hummingbird feeder right out my dining room window. This morning a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird had breakfast right along with me. The high view perch allows the hummingbird to rest while it takes a drink. The heat sours the syrup quickly so I only put out a few ounces at a time and replenish every few days. An easy way to prepare the syrup is to boil 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar for 2 minutes. Cool completely and dilute ¼ cup of the concentrate with ¾ cup water to use in the feeder. I then freeze three ¼ cup amounts in 8 oz tubs to use later. When I need a fresh mix I simply take out the frozen concentrate and fill tub with water and let it thaw. Birds are happy, I am happy – no mess!Read More
Mid-July through August is nesting time for the American Goldfinch. Watch for finches on the thistle flowers grabbing thistle-down and bringing it to their nest to use the soft fluffy part of the seed to line their nest. American Goldfinches are vegetarians with a diet almost exclusively of seeds. You can provide the American Goldfinches with a supply of food for their young by leaving your colorful garden flowers of late summer wither on their stems. They especially enjoy Black-eyed Susan. In addition hang thistle feeders so you can enjoy seeing them up close. Thistle feeders come in two basic styles: the mesh tube as pictured and enclosed tubes with small ports. Backyard Birding has a variety of thistle feeders to choose from starting from $7.99. Fill your feeder with nyjer seed or our finch blend which is nyjer seed and sunflower chips. Nyjer seed spoils easily in heat so store it dry and cool and replace seeds in your feeder if the birds have stopped visiting.Read More