Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Here is a birding idea...

The birds have been very busy. The twittering of the Goldfinches have been delightful. This one is looking a bit more yellow, getting dressed for the summer season.
We've several pairs of Purple finches visiting the feeders, as well.

Mourning doves have been frequent fliers, as are the red-wings and the grackles!

I spotted a Turkey vulture Sunday. First one this year!
easily spotted by the white beak
turkey vulture archive photo

Cedar waxwing spring 2015
I saw that Eileen had put out some dog fur for the birds for nesting materials. What a good idea! I know that last year, I snapped the Waxwing grabbing some burlap string from the Horse chestnut tree.

I collected the fur from the cats, and put it out in a basket. The first one was a bit of a failure!
The enclosed suet feeder is better!

Hubby went out to fill the feeder for me. I asked him to put some of the fur in Fat Head's mouth, just for fun! That didn't last long. The woodpecker decided that there was still some suet left in the back of Fat Head's mouth and she whipped that out.

Cats are happy to be outdoors. We've had our first bird kills of the year: last week the cats got two chickadees. Fortunately, we have a sturdy population of chickadees.

Primrose are peeking through the leaves!


Anvilcloud said...

I am not a birder, but I did hear and se a cardinal yesterday. Cardinals were abundant is Sarnia, but I seldom see them here.

William Kendall said...

Cats will be cats. The turkey vulture is quite formidable!

Red said...

I took a beard off one year and put it in the garden. Later I found a chipping sparrow nest that was lined with gray beard whiskers.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy Spring! Hooray Hooray! Maybe the birds sense that the fur is from cats and they are afraid of it? Or maybe its just like when we used to put seed out for the first time in the winter -- it always took the birds a while to decide it was OK to eat.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I smiled at Red's comment - believe it or not, I was watching a program this very evening where the farmer's wife removed his beard for him and she actually said "this will be good for the birdies nesting"!!! Well why not - we are happy to use feathers for lining our 'nests' &*> YAM xx

Cloudia said...

What a great season of promise

Powell River Books said...

I need to cut Wayne's hair when we get home. I'll leave it out just in case some birds are arriving early. We had Cedar Waxwings a few years back, but I haven't seen them since. - Margy

Kay said...

The waxwing's coloring always amazes me. It's so beautiful.