Friday, March 31, 2017
A GROWING MENAGERIE
Seeing all kinds of critters in the outdoors gives me great pleasure. My bird feeders are attracting more and more varieties with each passing day.
I have bushes on each side of my feeders that provide safe havens for the birds before they hop onto the feeders. This male cardinal is hardly hidden, though, with its striking, vibrant red body.
This chubby little Black-capped Chickadee does a better job of blending in with the woody branches.
It jumps onto the feeder, grabs a few seeds, and then flits off to the nearby, dense evergreens. Once there, it sings out in contentment fee-bee...fee-bee.
The finches have also finally found the feeders in the last couple weeks. These American Goldfinches are wearing their beautiful yellow colors, with the male being the brighter of the pair.
The most recent finch to visit is this male House Finch. I've yet to hear what its song is like, but I hope to become more acquainted with this variety. But birds aren't the only visitors to my feeders.
I dropped a feeder with safflower seed on the ground and actually forgot about it for a few days. When I peeked out the next morning, I found this bunny enjoying the seed as much as any of the birds had. Who would've thought I'd have a rabbit at my feeders!