|"Back 40" 2007|
My wife and I moved to our present location in the suburbs in 2006. We were looking for a more open place where I could do more birding and astronomy. We found this gorgeous house with this wonderful lot behind it. After purchasing half of the extra lot (neighbors bought the other half) we started to get the "Back 40" cleaned up and the yard and in birding shape. We planted trees and bushes, and erected bird feeders and Bluebird houses.
|Me erecting a Bluebird house 2008|
|American Goldfinch 2009|
|House Finches 2010|
By 2010 our small trees started to become large enough that backyard birds felt safe in them. One of the things we learned about setting up a backyard birding site, is to plant bushes and small trees close to your feeders. Small birds feel much more safe if there is a tree to fly into.
|American Gold Finches 2009|
|Baltimore Oriole 2011|
Last year we started to work on some of the more popular birds to the feeder like the Baltimore Orioles. By adding a half slice of orange with some grape jelly on top at the right time of year, within a few days they start showing up. Make sure you start this practice early in the year while the Orioles are migrating north.
|Blue Jay 2011|
We also wanted to get the popular but very loud Blue Jay, so we set up a platform/ground feeder and added peanuts--not the the sort of peanuts that people eat but the bird/animal feed ones you can buy at the local pet store. You can get a 5 lb bag for $8 or so. The Blue Jays and Woodpeckers love fighting over them!
|Red-Bellied Woodpecker 2011|
Now that we keep plenty of peanuts and suet at the feeders, one of the more popular birds is the woodpecker, like this Red-Belled Woodpecker that shows up a few times a day to take its cut of the peanuts.
That's all for this month, and remember just because it's winter it doesn't mean your feeder should lay empty. Birds need backyard feeders stocked even more in the Wintertime. If you want to check out more of my work please visit my blog at http://rljslick.blogspot.com/ or my Google Plus or Flickr pages.