The Bird Feeder

The Bird Feeder

The bird feeder and extension hook were delivered from Amazon just after Christmas, 2012. I installed it where (maybe) the squirrels can't reach and bought some all purpose bird seed and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

I was pretty sure the feeder was defective.

The Lonely and Defective feeder

The Lonely and Defective feeder

But, before writing a review on Amazon that it was not performing as advertised, I followed a suggestion of sprinkling seeds on top of the fence. To function sort of like a bread crumb trail ... leading to the feeder.

Blue Jay checking out the new restaurant

Blue Jay checking out the new restaurant

And after about a week, a couple of Blue Jays showed up and made a lot of noise. They didn't investigate the feeder (that I know of) but they may have been announcing free food to the neighborhood. They did eat all the sunflower seeds I had put on the fence.

Male Cardinal on fence

Male Cardinal on fence

More seeds on the top of the fence produced this pair on the 11th day. The male Northern Cardinal ate his share of seeds, but the female stayed safely in the Crepe Myrtle tree.

Watching.

Female Cardinal being cautious

Female Cardinal being cautious

By then vacation was over and I had to go back to work. And then the House Sparrows found the feeder. I am not sure this is a blessing or a curse. They can empty the entire feeder in two days.

It gets a bit crowded at times.

Piggy sparrows

Piggy sparrows

Lots of sparrows but occasionally something special shows up.

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Above is a Carolina Chickadee. Folks are familiar with the name Black-capped Chickadee but they don't come this far south. The Carolina has a bit more gray on the shoulders. Pretty bird, no? This was taken right through the glass patio doors. I was sitting at my breakfast table.

This White-winged Dove is patiently waiting her turn. The doves usually eat off the ground - birds are pretty messy, you know - but this one likes the feeder.

White-winged doves are wintering much further North than in previous years

White-winged doves are wintering much further North than in previous years

And eventually she gets her chance.

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One day I saw a flash of rose, and it was this House Finch.

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I hadn't seen any Finches around so it was a bit of a surprise.

House Finch hanging out with the Sparrows

House Finch hanging out with the Sparrows

Once in a while something odd shows up. This is a warbler of sorts; I don't think it is a Yellow Rumped Warbler. Not too sure and the photo is not all that clear. But, he is pretty and he is having a free lunch.

Warbler

Warbler

This has turned out to be a popular place for the neighborhood birds. I can only imagine what goes on during the day while I am at work.

Do you have a bird feeder? How much seed are your visitors eating? Do you feed them all summer, too? Can I come take pictures of your birds?

A Not So Swampy Swamp

A Not So Swampy Swamp

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