Every day, I am blessed to see these little guys (and gals) visiting my yard! I took all of these photos out of my kitchen window this past week:
Needless to say, I'm quite excited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 13th-16th! The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
My yard has been a haven for wildlife, especially the birds, for the past several years. I have a lot of trees and bushes, an array of plants and flowers that attract birds, butterflies and bees. I provide a variety of foods, to include hulled sunflower seed, black-oil sunflower seed (with hulls), safflower seed, several kinds of suet and occasionally some peanuts or other nutty treats.
I provide nesting boxes, meant for bluebirds, but used mainly by the tufted titmice (which I just realized aren't pictured above!). I'll have to do something about that in an upcoming post! The bluebirds fly somewhere else in my neighborhood to nest. Yet, I noticed last spring that they have come back with their babies (black and white!) to my feeder! Unfortunately, I was unable to get a photo of that:(
The other thing that keeps my birds coming back is the water that I provide them at all times of the year. In the winter, especially, it's so important for them to have fresh water. This is the time that I see larger numbers and varieties of birds in my yard, and they all use my heated bird bath on a daily basis. It's really a wonderful addition to the yard when temperatures are in the freezing range. I don't think any of my neighbors provide water so the birds all know that my place is 'the place' to hang out!
--I am thankful that my yard is a haven for birds, for my large kitchen window, and for the Nikon D40x given to me by hubby on my birthday last year.
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