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Birds Birds Birds

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Well spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Finally after what seemed like to me a very long and rather boring winter I have birds visiting my yard. I have seen my blues, earlier than last year checking out our boxes but they have not taken the bite quite yet. Due to their resistance, I have a pair of chickadees nesting in the one box that was pretty popular last season. I have two other boxes up but fear my husband is going to have to move the one box to a different location to see if we can attract some visitors. If you are new to birding, it is really so enjoyable to sit and listen to them in the mornings and to see the activity amongst the trees, shrubs and vines in your yard. I highly encourage you to just put one feeder and a simple bird bath out to see what you might attract in your yard. Spring is a busy season where they are looking for food and places to nest. If anyone can help identify the sparrows that would be great. I have a hard time figuring out which kind – I think maybe chipping sparrows?

Where are all the birds?

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Summer Ends…

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I’m Not Impressed

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Had lots of excitement on Tuesday in our backyard. I was chatting on the phone and walked out on the back patio and as per usual I let the hounds out there with me. I was not paying them any attention when I heard and then saw the shape and the fact that both dogs were quite near it. It raised up and struck at Buddha but did not bite him, he was curious and was trying to smell the new animal. I literally SCREAMED bloody murder, threw the phone down and got as close as I could to the dogs, screaming no and calling their names….thank the good lord they heeded me. I got to them and grabbed them and threw them in the house, totally panicked about what to do next. The kids at this point had heard me and saw this lovely anaconda sized rattler! I found the phone I threw and told my friend I needed to call a snake charmer quickly and reassured her no one was hurt. I looked up a snake-get-rid-of-them on Google and he told me he charges $459 to remove them. HOLY CRAP, I can’t afford that!  I ran to the neighbors but no on answered and ran to another who thankfully decided he should do the deed. I quietly informed his wife I was really looking for a ‘certified snake-remover’ to do the job and was not asking him personally to remove the snake. He seemed quite determined, seemed to appeal to the challenge of the it. We briefly talked insurance liability but by then he was headed out the door, I did say to his wife, shouldn’t he put on shoes at least? She at least made him to do that. Anyway, by this time my oldest came out of the house and tells me it moved to the corner so as we walk through the yard, we can’t see it. I use the term ‘we’ very loosely as I was several feet behind him. Then we heard it, and I’m like, Tom, that isn’t a cricket sound is it? He replies, no it’s not, and oh sh** I see him. Truly he was hard to miss up close. Anyway, this poor fella met his maker….

Now of course, I’m not loving the backyard as much as I did before and while my logical, rational mind knows that the likelihood of another anaconda sized diamondback rattler being in my backyard is slim to none…I’m just not quite looking to go through the backyard as easily as I once was.

I did make the spouse mow the backyard down that very night…thinking it’d make it easier to spot any other slithering friends.

Red Shouldered Hawk

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These guys are HUGE! I noticed him as he decided to perch on my empty nestbox! I was terrified he was hanging around looking for baby bird lunch boxes so I shooed him away…only to my neighbor’s yard though. He is a beautiful bird, just not one that I want to sit and watch the feeders. I did a wee bit of research and apparently, interesting fact, they tend to eat cold blooded animals during the summer to maintain their body temperature. Quite clever of nature isn’t it? I took a few shots, it was drizzling out and I didn’t want to have my camera out too much in the rain. A beaut isn’t he?

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House Finches

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We noticed these dainty sounding birds at the feeder and I have to admit, because they are bit bland we did not investigate really until we kept seeing them. These are a first for us this year. So we have seen a couple firsts this year. Anyway, they do have the sweetest sound and seem to enjoy the no mess bird feed (from Wildbirds Unlimited). You can see by the picture I have way too much going on here mostly likely as far as feeders go. I do like to see all the birds busily getting to the feeders, these birds do not seem aggressive and seem to flutter away when other birds come to feed. They have a very sweet sound, that is very pleasing and we have found they that they tend to visit in pairs.