Just the back yard!? Nah, I want the front and side yards landscaped in natives too.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


While trying to sleep the other night, I heard what I thought was an owl. I kept listening to make sure it wasn't my imagination. Eventually, I heard an intermittent "Whoo-hoo hoo-hoo-hoo". Sounds like we have an owl!

Hopefully, I'll get a picture some day. (By the way, it didn't keep me up.)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Birdfeeder Visitors

A couple days later, I did get some good shots of a chickadee and a tufted titmouse as well. In addition to these, I've also had some nuthatches, some juncos, a red-bellied woodpecker, cardinals, and a couple of bluejays.

tufted titmouse

Feeder Birds

I got a late start at feeding the birds this year. I swear as soon as I carried the bag of black oil sunflower seeds to the back yard, the chickadees started taking notice. I pulled the birdfeeder out of the garage and heard them chattering again. It didn't take long for them to start coming to the feeder. I'm sure they remember from last year.

So, that first day (yes, I know my posts are out of order...I'm at least two months behind), I grabbed the camera, and tried to get some good shots of the chickadees. I prefer shots in nature, not at the feeder, so I headed to the edge of the property to get some pictures of them among the trees. At least one of them seemed to come closer to me and seemed to be playing hide & seek with me. I never did get a good shot that day, but here are two of the chickadee from that day and one cardinal from this past weekend.

Empty Web

Friday, November 5, 2010

Brave Chickadee

I went out to feed the birds carrying a container of black oil sunflower seeds, when a chickadee flew to the opposite side of the empty feeder. I was only a few steps away when he jumped over to the branch from which the feeder hangs. I held out the container of seeds offering them to him. He jumped to the rim of the container, took a seed, and then flew off. It was so cool.

Last year I was half heartedly trying to lure one into perching on my hand filled with seeds. Cold winter days and little patience stopped that pretty quickly. This was so cool...I'm so glad to have a brave (friendly) chickadee brighten my day with his antics.