Showing posts with label Birds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birds. Show all posts

Monday, December 21, 2020

More Birds



 A tufted titmouse and a pileated woodpecker.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Male and Female Cardinals



 The males always have to show off their colors, don't they?

Friday, December 11, 2020

A Teary Titmouse Tale

Around 12:45 p.m., I was sitting at my computer working when I heard something go wham into the house.

Or so I thought.

I looked out the window and I could see feathers wafting away in the wind. I thought a bird had hit the window. I jumped up and headed out the door to see if I could save it.

Outside, I found a pile of feathers, including a long gray-black tail feather. No bird.

While I am really pleased with my birdfeeder, I'm afraid I have set up a nice space for hawks to find lunch. Large red-tail hawks come through here about this time every year.

Perhaps the hawk clipped the house as he raced away with his prize. Or maybe the noise was simply the loud kill, the whoosh of loss of life echoing through air.

At any rate, I was sure a hawk had found a meal.

As I turned to go back into the house, a tufted titmouse landed on the birdfeeder. I saw the long tail feather, so similar to the one on the ground, and thought, Ah, it was a tufted titmouse that was no longer alive.

Then I listened to a sad song coming from the bird on the feeder. I shot a few photos and went back inside.

The bird sang its mournful tune for a long time. I cringed every time I looked out and saw the bird still sitting there. Finally, it flew away.

I looked it up, and apparently tufted titmouse are birds that mate for life. I am assuming it was the mate who sat on my bird feeder singing forlornly.

This makes me profoundly sad.




Thursday, December 03, 2020

Thursday Thirteen - #685













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Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 685th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.

Monday, November 30, 2020

The Birds Like the Feeder


 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Birds on the Wire



A chickadee and a tufted titmouse hang out on the steel wire we used to hand the bird feeder. The feeder, by the way, is about 15 feet above ground, on a pully. I have to pull it up and down to fill it.

It's on a PVC pole that supposedly the squirrels can't climb. So far I haven't seen them trying to get into the feeder, although I have noticed that the squirrels and turkeys both like the seeds that spill from the feeder.


Monday, November 23, 2020

Blue Jays and Cardinals







 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

A Cardinal



 

Monday, November 09, 2020

Birds







 

Even though I have that wonderful bird book my brother gave me, I still am not the best at identifying birds. The only one I'm sure of is the blue jay. I think the first two might be tufted titmouse, and I have no clue on the last one. I haven't found a picture that looks like that bird yet. Of course, it is a very fat book with lots to look through.


Tuesday, November 03, 2020

The Lady Cardinal

This female cardinal took up residence on my bird feeder for about half a day recently. She sat regally in the same spot for a very long time. The smaller birds stayed away while she plopped on the side of the feeder. She wasn't eating much, but she may not have needed to. She was a fairly plump bird.

On the other hand, every picture I took of her has a seed hanging out of her mouth. Maybe she was having a big buffet.




 

Monday, October 19, 2020

A Little Unknown Bird






Here are some bird pictures. The last two are of a chickadee, I think, but I don't know what the bluish colored bird is. I can't find a photo in my birding book. The birds have found the feeder and I'm seeing lots of birds now. It is especially nice to go outside and hear them calling.


Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Birdwatching

My husband built me a birdhouse so I could watch the little birdies during our pandemic lockdown.

The deer are lovely, but I would like to watch the birds, and see if I can get photos of them.

They took a few days to find the birdfeeder, but a few small birds are showing up.

I think they are Carolina Chickadees, but I'm not sure. I will be learning more about birds.







Monday, August 24, 2020

Cedar Wax Wings