The Bird Garden

Janis_G(z7GA)March 10, 2007

It has been a very long time since i've even had a minute

to really sit and watch birds so grabbing my binocculars, a

pen, pad and camera I pulled up a chair in the guest room

that has a nice bird garden with a birdbath and feeder just

outside the window wall.

The birdbath was dripping away and immediately a Goldfinch

flew in to sit on the top of the dripper and grab a drop of

water before it could fall into the birdbath. All the

smaller birds do this for some reason.

Next up was a beautiful male Cardinal, since he was

sitting alone on the feeder I assumed that he and his wife

were not on speaking terms today. I wondered if he had

forgotten their anniversary and was being punished.

Next were the Chickadees, 5 in all. They are the busiest

little critters. Now there is a bird that doesn't give a

rip whether the sun shines or not. They are going to have a

good time no matter what. They took turns drinking from the

dripper, grabbed some seeds and off into the woods without

so much as a backward glance.

The Hermit Thrush was trying to be invisible but since a

male Towhee was scratching not too far away he wasn't very

successful at hiding. Mrs. Cardinal showed up and picked a

fight with the Mr. i'd say their marriage is on shaky

ground, maybe she caught him cheating.

In the Hemlock tree I caught a glimpse of a tiny red dot

with a little splash of yellow and sure enough there was a

Golden Crowned Kinglet all alone picking away at the bark.

It wasn't long before the Titmice were replaced at the

drinking fountain by 2 cute as buttons Brown Headed

Nuthatches. No doubt there will be babies again this year.

There were more Goldfinches, a Brown Thrasher, a White

Throated Sparrow, some White Headed Nuthatches and a lone

Mockingbird that loves the berries on the Lirope.

A Fox Sparrow came hopping around the corner and started

scratching in the leaves near the Hermit Thrush. Mrs. Tohee

flew in just in time to grab a bug from her husband's beak.

Birdwatching is without a doubt one of the most relaxing

and rewarding hobbies one can have. Certainly worth the time

and the money.

I think the money I spent on the dripper is one of the best

investments i've made considering all the birds flocking to it on a daily basis.

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knottyceltic(S/W Ontario 5b)

Wow, what good sightings! Thanks for sharing...

southern Ontario, CANADA

    Bookmark   March 31, 2007 at 3:32AM
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Wow, sounds like a beautiful garden. My daughter and I just started bird watching. I am looking into growing a bird garden as well as a butterfly garden. At this time we just have a couple of feeders. Although we were lucky enough last week to catch a glimps of a wild turkey strutting around in our yard. Any suggestions on what to plant to keep Mr. Gobbles around?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2007 at 9:00PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Janis G, your bird garden sounds lovely. What kinds of plants do you grow in the garden and why do the birds like them?

I already have several gardens and a couple bird baths in the front yard, with many flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds and other pollinators. Some make seeds the birds like to forage too (like Purple Coneflower and some of the annuals). I will be adding some native berry-producing shrubs to the yard.

Also there are three feeders and a small bird bath in back and I would like to add more perennials and annuals the birds can use around the yard, especially near the feeding station (which is part-shade).

    Bookmark   April 1, 2007 at 9:50PM
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I need ideas of what perinials to plant to attract more birds to my yard., also what shrubs would be best. My soil is mostly clay and very wet. I have a front yard that gets the afternoon sun, in the west . My back yard faces the east. Any sugestions?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 1:22AM
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