I am pleased to report that the birds have now found the birdfeeders and have been visiting the yard regularly! Every year we try to photograph and identify the different species and genders and I'm amazed at how many varieties live in our community.
|A adding a new idea to the garden - a suet feeder full of yarn scraps for nest building.|
|bird nest building supplies|
My grandmother used to put out scraps of yarn and string along the railing of her apartment balcony and spend hours watching the birds come and take the strands away. She loved it so much she'd make a special trip to the store just to buy more when she ran out!
|B "documenting" the new addition with his new camera|
I wish I could have cropped the messy garden out of the photo. I'll have to post an "after" photo of the side yard once I clean it up!
Here are a few of the regulars....
|red breasted sapsucker|
|chestnut backed chickadee|
|house sparrow (female) Isn't she precious?!?!|
|house sparrow (male) They nest in our attic every year!|
|dark eyed junco|
|purple finch (male and female)|
|great blue heron|
And I even captured this fellow (lady?) from our office window up in a tree overlooking the ocean.
These photos have been taken over the past few years, and over that time I've learned that with bird photography you never know if you are going to "get the shot" or not! Sometimes they are so fast all I get is a blurry blob and then sometimes I get shots like the one above. :o)
Our bird visitors bring us so much enjoyment, gradually we are learning all of their names and how to quickly identify who they are. We use this book for identification and it's excellent if you live in this area!
I also created a "Birds of our area Photo Journal" that includes all of these photos, the name of the bird, the gender (if we can tell!), the date we took the photo and the location that we saw the bird.
This spooky looking character was spotted during a hike up a mountain not far from our home. I had no idea that he was a neighbour of ours. Yikes! ;o)
If you have a birdfeeder in your yard or have photographed some of your local species
I'd love to see them.
Living on the west coast I dream of seeing a real cardinal one day!
Thanks for stopping by.
~ joey ~