Posts Tagged ‘Birds’

Mister Mom

September 6, 2008
A male cardinal feeding a juvenile, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  September 4, 2008.

A male cardinal feeding a juvenile, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. September 4, 2008.

I’ve written about Betsy’s infatuation with birds a couple of times now, and I have to admit she’s getting more and more interested with each passing day.  Betsy can sit watching the birds for hours at a time.  She tries to get me interested, but I don’t have that much patience.

As Betsy has added different feeders and different types of seed she’s attracted many different birds — hummingbirds, bluebirds, titmice, chickadees, sparrows, wrens, flickers, and cardinals.  There are also blue jays; Betsy wasn’t too keen on them until she read that blue jays frighten off squirrels.  (Squirrels can really do a number on our flower beds!)

We can sit on our couch and watch the birds at four feeders on our deck.  A couple of days ago we watched a male cardinal with a young juvenile.  The juvenile got to the deck railing, but didn’t seem to know what to do next.  After a few minutes the male cardinal started feeding the juvenile — the male would peck up some seeds and then take them over to the juvenile and put them in its beak.  I couldn’t get a picture of the feeding, but I did get the above picture of the two of them.

Cardinals will be here year round, and although I know the juvenile will grow up I hope he’ll stop by for a visit now and then.  I wonder if Mister Mom Cardinal will be able to get some rest once the juvenile has grown?

Betsy’s Birds III

August 28, 2008
A male cardinal  on our deck.  August 28, 2008.

A male cardinal on our deck. August 28, 2008.

As I’ve mentioned before, Betsy has become fascinated with birds.  She started with hummingbirds a couple of years ago, but has moved on to other species as well.  She started putting out bird seed on the deck and then got a seed bell.  Since then she has been quite successful in attracting birds onto our deck to have a snack.

We also got a bird bath for the back yard which also attracts its share of ‘customers’.  All in all it’s possible to see quite a bit of feathered activity on our deck or in the back yard.  When Betsy is not watching her feathered friends she is online trying to identify the birds she’s seen.

We’ve seen a pair of cardinals for a couple of weeks, but apparently cardinals are shy birds and we couldn’t get close enough to get a picture.  But it rained all day Tuesday and we had errands to run yesterday morning, so it was nearly noon before Betsy was able to put out her bird seed.  I guess the birds missed some meals and were hungry because we had quite a few enjoying their meal.  And to our surprise even the cardinals showed up for a snack and the male stuck around long enough for us to get the picture above.

I wonder what species Betsy will attract next?

Betsy’s Birds II

August 17, 2008
Tufted Titmice on our deck.  August 16, 2008.

Tufted Titmice on our deck. August 16, 2008.

I mentioned a few days ago that Betsy was fascinated with the hummingbirds that visit the feeders she put up around our deck. She just loves those hummingbirds.

But she has broadened her interests since then. There was a base for a bird bath behind our house when we moved in, but we never got the top for it until about a week ago. We finally got the top and set up the bird bath and Betsy has been keeping a close watch on it. She got very excited when she saw a cardinal using the bath. Unfortunately it flew away before she could get her camera!

A couple of days ago we were at Lowe’s and Betsy saw a bird-seed bell — bird seed pressed into the shape of a bell. Since she knew we had many small birds around the house, she got one and put it up on the deck.

The cardinal visited the bell a time or two, but the stars have been Tufted Titmice. These little birds absolutely love the the new seed bell. We’re not really sure how many titmice are around, but we counted six different birds on one occasion.

So for the time being at least, Betsy is in ‘bird heaven’. But there are some disadvantages for her. As she looks from the hummingbird feeders, to the bird bath, to the seed bell, Betsy is in danger of getting whiplash!!!