Oh yes! I have one wall which is a glass sliding door and open it right up in the morning if the weather is nice. Woolly hangs out on the step and pokes around in my flower pots or continually bangs on the glass with his 'weapon' of a beak. This morning he got really curious and poked it in the bucket of bird seed near the door, then stepped inside and attacked the electrical cords hanging down behind the TV before giving it a test peck on the screen - which was off at the time! I had to shoo him out as I really did not feel like cleaning up a big bird dollop! I was lying in bed drinking my tea while he got up to his investigations
The bald eagles seem to have abandoned the lake after keeping us company all summer, though we do see some on our way to the lake from the highway which follows the Clark Fork River.
This guy, however, has returned:
though the photo is from last year.
Looking forward to more "captures" of him this winter if he sticks around. It's a Great Grey Owl, usually found much further north, though in snowy winters they head south till they find shallower snow to hunt rodents in.
That is one magnificent owl Kimby! We don't get to see too many here. You are very lucky!
Let me introduce you to our NEW BABY! Our two storks, Woolly and his wifey Woolleen have brought us their new baby! Woolleen disappeared for about a month or two ( we think) but we could have been hoodwinked into thinking only Woolly was coming to feed when the two of them could have been taking turns on the nest???
Anyway, all of a sudden about two weeks ago three storkies arrived together. And here is SCRUFFY! He squawks incessantly and raises his wings when we throw the chicken pieces out.
From L to R = Woolly (dad), Woolleen (mom) and baby Scruffy.
We called him Scruffy because his hair(feathers) stick up like a crew cut on his head!
I don't know what this tiny bird is -- some kind of Euphonia, maybe?
Anyway, they're seasonal & elusive, as they like to dart about, usually in the cover of a bush. However, in this yard they've been very bold about coming to the bird bath, sometimes even when I'm standing right next to it. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, but I happened to be inside standing next to the camera when I saw this bird visiting the bath, so I quickly shot through the open window.
I am enjoying the birds in my sister's California garden. Some are old friends from when I lived in CA 28 years ago, but their names have been changed. The plain titmouse has been split into oak titmouse and juniper titmouse, and the brown towhee is now 2 species: California towhee & canyon towhee.
Her back yard was dripping with birds today. And rain!
It may be autumn here down south but my garden is ablaze with the Wild Dagga plants. Sitting quietly for quite some time my photographer (I'm the assistant apprentice ) got these shots of Black Sunbirds sucking the nectar from the tubular petals. The brown ones with flecked feathers on their breasts are females. We only saw one male.
YaY! Many many thanks Bixa for guiding me through the process of putting my little video on UTube!
Kimby, I suppose Sunbirds, Sugar Birds, and Hummingbirds are all of the same species. In my bird book they do not have a listing for Hummingbirds?? I'm positive I have seen these little birds fluttering at a million miles an hour while they hover over a flower but I suspect it is the smaller little birds of the species that do that. The ones we photographed clung on while siphoning the nectar.
I think we had a brief you-say-tomahto conversation about this once before & determined that sun birds and hummingbirds are the same. Some hummingbirds are fairly large, too.
From wikipedia: The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution brought about by a similar nectar-feeding lifestyle. Some sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbird
This is not exactly a garden, but the entrance to my sister's office building. However this is a wild and wonderful Canada goose (see 161 for photos) When I took the gander's photo, I didn't notice the goose sitting on her nest behind him! They now have eggs, but I don't have a photo....
And my sister now sends this...awwwww
More than 100 people a day pass within feet of this nest.