Saturday, June 29, 2013

Backyard Birds


Since I started to garden, I've become more interested in my backyard birds.  I've purchased several feeders to attract different varieties.  This platform feeder, filled with peanuts, was purchased to attract the blue jays.  I had it on the far side of my yard, but it was in the path that the squirrels took to get to the walnut trees, so I had to move it.  They traded the walnuts for the peanuts.  I decided to place it in the tree outside my bedroom window.  It ended up being the perfect place.  

Here's a few of my visitors.   The squirrels were the first to visit of course.  They will sit and eat until they're about to explode.  A peck on the window will send them away if they get too greedy.  The blue jays haven't found it yet.  In the second picture, they are feeding where I had the feeder originally.  A cardinal and his mate have found it as well.  What I find interesting is the male cardinal won't eat from the feeder, he waits for the female to get her fill and than they're off. 

I hope the blue jays find the feeder since I had them in mind when I purchased it.  They prefer platform feeders and they love peanuts.  I had two woodpeckers, but I couldn't get to the camera in time.  

I love this feeder.  The brand is Bird's Choice.  It's made of cedar, it's made well, and should last for years to come.  Do you feed the birds?  What backyard visitors do you get? 



  1. I am the same way with the birds. I get gold finch, sparrows, chickadees, morning doves, cardinals, house finch. I recently hung a hummingbird feeder in my garden but so far no visitors.

    1. We get those same birds in my area too. I put up a hummingbird feeder this year. I saw one last week, but he didn't discover the feeder. He'll be back, they love my petunias, so I placed it close to them.