Due Date- Wednesday, July 20- "Watch the Birdie!"
I am a BACKYARD BIRDWATCHER. I'm not the kind of birdwatcher that dons the boots and grabs the binoculars for a hike in the woods. I'm the kind that wants to look out the kitchen window and see the goldfinches at their feeder, the black-eyed juncos on the ground picking at the spilled seed and the hummingbirds dipping into the sweet nectar they love so much.
Did you know that finches also like to feed on the center of daisies and cone flowers? Mine do. I began noticing some bent and/or broken stems on the daisies and was wondering why. Then one day, I happened to glance out the kitchen window and three finches were in the daisies just picking away. Today I see them in the cone flowers. Didn't know they did that so that's this years surprise.
My dream, however, is to one day see the bluebirds again. They came once, on March 23rd, the day of my Mom's funeral. There's little doubt in my mind that She sent them just to let let me know she was safe and sound in her new heavenly home but just the same, I would love to have them come back again.
One of the very first thing I had to do was reduce the sparrow population in my yard. Instead of the 'no mess' birdseed from Wildbirds Unlimited that I usually put in the feeders, it's now filled with bluebird food from WU. You can make your own mixture of bluebird food but I seem to have lost the recipe so for now I'm buying it. I hung another feeder on the front patio so if they aren't attracted to the backyard one maybe the front yard one will do the job for me.
Until my dream comes true, I'm happy with this little pair of bluebirds that are permanent residents here. They don't need any food or water to drink. They just smile at each other and look pretty in my garden.
My sweet classmate Sandy, sent this picture she took at her in-laws in Aiken S.C. Isn't he just precious? She gave me permission to post it on my July hw page. I'm so thrilled to have it! I just love bluebirds and my hearts desire is to attract them to my yard some day. She sent a link to a bluebird information page and all kinds of info about how her in-laws attract them to their yard.
Some of my favorite places for birds, birding and bluebirds.