We put three seed feeders out this spring and now we are obsessed with watching our birds every single day.
I am amazed at how many have shown up, how they always show up in pairs, and how they fluctuate.
One week we had tons of goldfinch. So many I couldn’t count them all.
Lately we’ve had either purple finch or house finch. I haven’t been able to tell them apart.
But we’ve also seen a few at a time: doves, blue jays, cardinals, an indigo bunting, a rose-breasted grosbeak, tufted titmice, and even a Northern Oriole (first time ever for me to see that one).
It’s such a delight to watch these small creatures go about their day. When we sit out on the porch they scatter to a nearby tree and we try to spot them all in the hidden branches. Then, slowly, if we are quiet, they brave the feeders again we get to see them close up.
We are awed that they allow us such a close look. And if you notice in almost all my pictures they are looking right at me. They see me just as I see them.
Several years ago my husband bought me the Reader’s Digest Book of North American Birds and that’s what I’ve always used to identify birds. It’s a great resource with a little bit of information about each bird, their location, details about their eggs and incubation. My kids have used it a ton too. We also do a lot of our bird drawings from this book.
What birds are you seeing in your part of the world?