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Backyard birds are so much fun to watch


You know I like to go out to Kensington Metropark and hang out with the birds there. But I have to say that my own backyard has some pretty fun sights too. This past weekend I wasted spent quite a bit of time just sitting and watching what was going on right here at home.

See the red bellied woodpecker? Right below her (or him) is the juvenile.

Turns out there is a whole lot going on! In particular I enjoyed watching this red bellied woodpecker feeding his or her youngster. I have to admit I’ve never noticed young woodpeckers before. I don’t know if I’ve just never seen them, or if I mistook them for some other kind of woodpecker.

Here, have a bit of lunch sweetie.

Either way, this was obviously a juvenile being fed by a parent.

The youngster moved to a more open branch and I hoped the parent would feed it there, but being a teenager, the younger bird became impatient and flew off before mom or dad returned with more seed.

Though I wish the leaves of the birch tree they were sitting in hadn’t obscured the youngster’s head I’m still really glad I noticed this action going on just outside my kitchen window.

Well good, the little whippersnapper is gone. I get to eat this seed all by myself!

And of course the hummingbirds. They are really active at the feeder now, perhaps fueling up for their long trek across the Gulf of Mexico this fall.

Is this the only thing on the menu, lady?

Sometimes I’ve seen them over in the zinnia garden too. I can understand the allure of having a fence to sit on while eating.

Yum. WAY better than that empty caloried sugar water she serves at the house.

Kind of like going to a fancy restaurant v.s. a fast food place.

We have lots of goldfinches and titmice and cardinals and all the rest too. They are eating me out of house and seed, but I don’t mind.

This is MY orange, everyone else go find your own.

Seems a small price to pay for all the entertainment they provide.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Backyard birds are so much fun to watch

  1. Lovely photos. I miss my feeders but do put up a hummer feeder when we get to Ajo. Sometimes we get woodpeckers coming to get water. Incongruous sewing such a big bird at a hummingbird feeder.


  2. That zinnia shot is a prizewinner for sure! Just love them all!


  3. Hummingbirds are truly a marvel. Gorgeous shot of the little jewel on the zinnia.


    • Aren’t they amazing!? I took down the feeder to clean it yesterday, and the little female was all up and about the window demanding I put it back, so I cleaned it in a hurry and refilled it and got it right out there. She’s happy now.

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  4. You have some beautiful birds here! The zinnia photo…oh, yes!


  5. These photos are just so clear — well done, Dawn! If zinnias attract hummers, then for sure I need to plant some next year!


  6. Beautiful photos. I love zinnias. Your shot of a hummer drinking from one is wonderful.


  7. Great shots! Birds are so fascinating to watch. I love the photo of the hummingbird resting on the fence while visiting the zinnia! WOW! Yesterday I caught the yellow finches attacking my zinnias. I saw them from the window far from being able to catch a great shot.


  8. You do get some amazing visitors in your backyard. You captured them beautifully in these images.


  9. Great shots! I love the one of the hummingbird perching on the fence to eat.


  10. Love the comments you put under the photos. 🙂


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