I have fed songbirds for about 15 years, 13 of which here at this home. I count birds for Project FeederWatch and this weekend have counted them for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
A large number of birds of several species visited yesterday, a little more than two days after a major snowstorm. There had been very little activity today, and early this afternoon I saw why.
Sometimes, I feed more than songbirds. A Sharp-shinned Hawk had apparently been keeping watch, and it pounced on a House Finch.
A very talented friend once used the phrase ‘Life feeds life’ as a blog post title. It seemed like an appropriate title for this post.
Although the buffet was crowded there was room for one more.
We have a watering station set out for the songbirds. While we enjoyed the late winter-early spring sun one afternoon, this honeybee – an unexpected yet welcome visitor – landed at the station.
Today was the first day I have seen an Evening Grosbeak. In addition to these two at one of my sunflower feeders and a House Finch that tried to move in, nine more Grosbeaks foraged elsewhere.
Despite a day of freezing rain, sleet, and rain, four bathing Pine Siskins are joined by an American Goldfinch.
A House Sparrow cocks it head and looks up.
House Sparrows forage in a cedar bush.
Two House Sparrows poke among landscape rocks for sunflower seeds.
The goldfinches have gleaned many of the seeds out of this sunflower head in our front yard.
Project FeederWatch, a citizen sciemce program bewgan last weekend. This will be my tenth season of contributing observations.
These American Goldfinches were among my visitors.