PRETTY SUMMER BIRDS from my KITCHEN WINDOW

Despite the forecast – Live like it’s spring! By Lilly Pulitzer

Just a reminder – you can click on each photo to enlarge it.

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A DEMANDING JOB – EURASIAN SPARROWS FEEDING THEIR BABIES

You gotta love the feeding frenzy of mother birds feeding their demanding, ever hungry babies. These Eurasian sparrows are decedents of their ancestors that were brought to St. Louis, Missouri from Germany. Twenty of these birds were released in Lafayette park in south St. Louis in April 1870. Other European birds were also released but only the Eurasian sparrows successfully established a breeding population. They can be found in some areas of St. Louis, along the Illinois River in parts of Illinois and along the Mississippi River to southern Iowa. I have been lucky enough to have a handful of Eurasian Sparrows in my back yard, in south St Louis county, for the last 8 years. Year after year, they regularly raise their many families in my bluebird nest boxes, come to my feeders and drink from my bird bath. Just a reminder – you can always click on an individual photo for an enlargement. (You may have noticed the extra brace on the nest box door – these birds will literally stuff that box with so much nesting material that the door will bulge open.!! Also, sorry for the annoying shepherds hook in every photo – poor placement on my part)

( Pic and quote borrowed from the internet)

BLESSED are the BLUE BIRDS and their Babies in Summer 2021

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Botanicals with a Splash of Origami

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

( John Burroughs)

Magnificent May & Oranges Will Bring the Orioles

“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing” by Dr. Wayne Dyer

FALL BIRDING from the Kitchen Window

December 13, 2020

I love my bluebirds!! They visit daily and always brighten my day!

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Summer Birds and Blooms 2020

 

Tiger Swallowtail butterflies enjoy the nectar from my zinnias.

 

November 1, 2020

Just sharing some  shots of nature in action as summer is slipping away and  the days shorten and grow cooler.  

One day, from my kitchen window, I noticed my zinnia plant was moving.  Using  binoculars, I discovered a  Goldfinch  eating  the seeds from my zinnias ! I had no idea!!

Zinnias are beautiful flowers that are easy to grow from seed.   They grow abundantly  so they can  provide food for wildlife and also easy to cut and bring  cheerful  color  to my kitchen table. 

With summer, comes baby birds.  These  young sparrows still have remnants of their  yellow  gape flange,  which is the colorful and  fleshy area at the corner of the mouth.  If you can still see the flange, you know the bird is a young one.  

This cardinal is a juvenile and still has not developed her full color.  But still such  a beauty!

The Hibiscus plant is great for showy blooms in the summer.  The blooms  come in many colors.  But beware – squirrels like to eat  the buds and will rob you of the beautiful flowers.  I sprinkle pepper on the leaves and that does the trick !!!

Sometimes you might see a bald cardinal.  Though not  beautiful at the moment, it is probably no need for concern.  Molting, where the bird loses its feathers but evidentially grows new, is generally thought to be what is happening.  

An Endless Summer  Hydrangea  was added  to my garden this year.  It is known for plentiful and long lasting blooms.  Depending on the soil the blooms can be pink or blue.   I love all stages of the flower , from when the petals are just peaking out to full bloom. 

 

Sometimes my fluky photos turn out to be very interesting.  This is a purple finch that I just happened to catch in  take off.

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2020 SPRING and SUMMER BRINGS BABY BIRDS!!

This is the tiniest Tufted Titmouse I have ever seen!

July 12, 2020

So I  definitely have nestling bluebirds – my first ever!!   After years and years of backyard birding and years of   having a bluebird house where many  birds  except  bluebirds nested in it,   I thought my “first’s”  were probably over.   But this summer’s first is my best ever!!

Mama bluebird could frequently be seen watching  the backyard happenings while  sitting on her eggs.  And once the eggs hatched….

 

 

Mama bluebird could be seen all day long,  going to and fro with tasty bugs for her babies.

Daddy bluebird  was always on watch ( and dive bombing me if I came to close ) to protect the nest box and to feed mama bluebird while she was sitting on her eggs, but, once the eggs hatched, however, daddy bird  was rarely seen.

This is one of the nestlings  just a couple of days before they fledged.  What a great experience!!

 

 

But bluebirds are not  the only fledglings  that I see in my backyard.  I always have cardinals.

I  find it fascinating how the fledgling cardinals  ” morph” through so many colors before reaching adulthood.

This guy is close  to getting his final colors.

I love the baby birds but grown up birds are always beautiful too, such as this gold finch and …

This red-bellied  woodpecker who  visits the peanut feeder daily.

And I ever tire of seeing  the downy woodpeckers drinking from the hummingbird feeder.

 

” A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity.  It bares all things and crushes down remorselessly  all that stands in its path. ” from CoverMyFB.com

 

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SPRING BIRDS ARE THE BEST , 2020 !!

Nuthatch waiting  his turn at the feeders.

May 25, 2020

Nuthatch chowing down.

The  first new bird to my feeder this spring – the song sparrow.

My second new bird this spring – the chirping sparrow

Always a fun sighting  are the fledglings  that have just left the nest.  This is a fledgling cardinal.  Cardinals nest in my front  bush every year.

Possibly mama cardinal taking a much needed break?

I have not heard any babies peeping yet, but the Eurasian sparrows have taken  up residence in one of my blue bird houses and are definitely defending their space.

Bottoms up for this robin while bathing.  A water source will always help attract  birds.

Downy woodpeckers and

Finch enjoy the hummingbird nectar all summer long.

The cowbird is an interesting  bird as it will lay it’s eggs in other bird species’ nests . Cowbirds can lay up to 36 eggs a summer,  abandoning their young to foster parents.   Sadly, this  usually is done  at the expense of  some of the host’s own chicks.

Once again, the bluebirds were back today  checking out my empty bluebird house.  I am always  hopeful that my box nest will be chosen.   This is one way the male courts the female by offering nesting material.

This is the female bluebird,  the nest box is ultimately her choice and she will build the nest.

The pair spent the better half of the morning  in my backyard.

 

Hopefully I will report baby  bluebird peeping news in the near future!

(borrowed from the internet)

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ENJOY THE PRETTY BIRDS WHILE SAFE AT HOME

April  25, 2020

Covid 19 madness, is everywhere,  not only at home, but across the world.  While safe at home please  be sure to  take some time to enjoy our feathered friends.

The nuthatch can easily  be lured to feeders and can also be seen climbing up and down tree trunks in search of bugs.

Downey woodpeckers LOVE peanuts and suet and sometimes can be seen drinking from my hummingbird feeder.

Speaking of woodpeckers, the red-bellied woodpecker has a distinct call which is loud and  almost sounds prehistoric.

Chickadees  are  so fast  that  getting a decent photo of one is  just luck .  They  will cache  food in tree bark  so chickadees,  daily,  come and go   many, many times from my feeders.   Smear some peanut butter on your feeder and you will be surprised  how fast it will be devoured by all kinds of birds.

In all my years of birding, this  is my  first for having chickadees choose  one of my nest boxes for starting a new family.   I never realized before how fierce they are.  If another bird  or  birds  comes near their box, they will chase them all over the yard  until it is clear that  they are not to be reckoned with !

The tufted tit mouse is a beautiful little bird  who also frequent my feeders and bird bath and they usually come in pairs.

Caroline wrens are especially one of my favorites who regularly comes to my peanuts, but they will also eat the suet and  black oiled sunflower seeds.

 

This flicker woodpecker  loves to “drum” (a mating call by pecking with his beck) on my chimney  cap.  Every morning for about 3 weeks  this spring it  was also  my alarm clock about 7:15 AM.  He definitely  was on a mission and had a schedule to get it done.

This was a one-in-a-lifetime shot of a flicker seeing his own reflection with  much speculation.

And, of course, I love the  bluebirds who sporadically come to my  yard.

The blue birds are such a stunning color….

and I can never get enough photos of them.

Lastly, even though mourning doves make a *** mess  where ever they land, you can’t help to like them and their sad song.  They are  amazingly  trusting of  me and rarely fly away when I come close.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!!   Please everyone be safe and stay well.

Also please keep in mind, in these trying times……

(borrowed from the internet)

 

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