I love watching the birds from my kitchen and dining windows. They come in all colors, sizes and shapes. My favorite are the hummingbirds, blue birds and Baltimore Oriole birds. They are the most colorful of all the birds. Oops, forgot the Cardinals – they are gorgeous too.
I just love these tiny birds. They move effortlessly through the air pivoting this way and that. Their colors glisten in the sunlight creating an ethereal quality about them. They appear to be lit from within. They take my breath away! They are miraculous little creatures! I feel blessed to be able to see them in action each year.
We have had numerous Orioles at our feeder. They line up one after the other. Their brilliant orange color is startling to see. We can see them perched in the trees as they wait their turn at the feeders. It’s an incredible feeling each year when we spy our first Oriole. I never get tired of seeing them. They love grape jelly but not jam. We tried feeding them grape jam which is what I prefer. But not them – they did not eat it. They poked at it and then flew away. We got the idea that they did not like it! Ha! Once my husband put out the jelly they came in and ate it all up.
We have a lot of bird houses for all kinds of birds. They raise their young here and then introduce them to the food we put out. It is so sweet to see the parents feeding their young.
Here are our bird houses where many birds rear their young. There is evidence each year they have been used. My husband cleans them out at the end of the season readying them for the next generation.
Birds flock to our backyard because of all the seed we provide – even turkeys are brazen enough to fly up to our deck. They usually eat any seed that falls on the ground. But this particular young turkey wanted to see where the seed was coming from. It surprised us to see him there.
The redwinged black birds love the pond. They nestle inside the reeds and grasses that grow there. They hide away from the many hawks that seek them out. We have witnessed the redwinged black birds fight off a hawk who tried to eat their eggs or young within the greens of the pond.
Bluebirds are a beautiful blue color on their back, head and wings while the breast is brown. When they turn their backs toward you it is like looking at a blue sky that takes your breath away! We have two feeders just for them – one is above. This one has two holes – one in and one out. The other feeder we have only has one hole. Bluebirds are not afraid of going in and coming out from the same hole. Other birds are not as fearless and become frightened and forget how to get out. My husband has had to go out and open up the roof of the feeder and let them out.
Here is the the bluebird feeder with one hole. There are three bluebirds waiting to eat. They are amazing to watch as they flit in and out of the hole without a worry or care. I know I couldn’t do that if I were a bird. I am claustrophobic!
Cardinals are a brilliant red as the bluebirds are a brilliant shade of blue. They are both gorgeous creatures. It is such a joy to sit and watch them. Thank goodness my husband takes the time to do this. I know I wouldn’t have the time or energy to keep up with the voracious appetite of these birds all year round. I just enjoy them without doing all the work.
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