Tod, your garden is a wonderful nature preserve! How lovely to see these very exotic (to me) birdies just being themselves in their homeland. And that is so nifty that you can identify them by their sounds.
My father's problem was the cleverness of squirrels and their jumping abilities no matter how the feeder was set up -- on a post or hanging from a wire, it made no difference. My father finally gave up because he was buying bags of birdfeed for nothing just for the squirrels.
Post by mickthecactus on Jul 25, 2018 11:28:47 GMT
Daughter's Beagle was fascinated yesterday by something in the corner of our yard. When we looked we found 3 wren chicks huddled together. We knew they had made a nest in the eaves because we saw them regularly. Mother bird must have tipped them out and although they were so small they could fly. We left them to it and they spent some time investigating our yard and one flew to the fern bed. One went out of the gate but came straight back. By the evening no sign of them and no sign today. They must be making their way in the big wild world.
The parents spend some time in the fern bed foraging under the leaves and it is easy to mistake them for mice.
I only put up feeders in winter but the rest of the year I throw breadcrumbs in front of the door. The birds have come to expect them and come hopping around looking for crumbs every morning and during the day too. I had worried because we no longer had robins coming, but they have come back in the past two days. We also have turtledoves in the garden but they don't come close to the house. Mostly sparrows, robins now, blackbirds and some redstarts.
Unfortunately, my husband decided to prune the camellia bush a few weeks ago and lopped off some branches just over a nest containing eggs. No birds hatched there afterwards. The nest had been well-hidden.