“Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Benjamin Franklin.
Does this apply to the bird kingdom as well ? For surely the cardinals go to bed early since they are the first visitors to arrive here.
They are my quiet visitors.
Often in the predawn quiet moments as I am sipping my first cup of coffee and checking the news and weather on the Internet, I hear the quiet cheep cheep of the cardinal pair who have arrived for an early breakfast. They come back throughout the day but they are always the first visitors.
In contrast, I have some noisy visitors. The little titmice can be quite noisy, but they are so darn cute, and they stay put for awhile and make it easy to get some photos of them.
Speaking of noisy, the most raucous visitor is the Blue Jay but I like to think that along with telling all of his friends “Peanuts are Here” that he is saying “Thank You ” as well, for each time that he swoops in I hear that call :)
Then there are the birds that get lost in the crowd. Brown / grayish non-descript birds…I have so many sparrows that visit here that this guy might have got lost had I not noticed a thrasher on another bloggers post a week or so ago. I am pretty sure that this is a thrasher. He seemed to be a bit bigger than the sparrows and showed up when I had put some cracked corn out. His breast markings are different than the sparrows. I am not certain…one of you bird experts can let me know ? :)
I had splurged on a small bag of cracked corn for a Sunday treat awhile back. I sprinkled some around and it was enjoyed for about two hours until fresh snowfall had covered it all. It seems to be a favorite of the doves as well as the sparrows.
Then, while the sparrows and doves and others like them do sing, there is the visitor whose song cannot be missed. That is the little wren.
If he is not singing outside the dining room window where this feeder is, he can be oftentimes found perched on the front porch railing, serenading the neighborhood.
Last but not least, there are the comedians :
This year I was blessed in that a vine growing along my fence, several years old now, was strong enough to support a large feeder that ended up working well for the squirrels. The squirrel tail that you see behind the feeder is a normal tail. A month or two ago I discovered a bit of tail off of my front porch, when I was taking the garbage can to the curb and went into a panic. Had a local cat or hawk gotten a squirrel? I saw no signs of blood or carnage, just the tail piece. I see that whatever happened, the squirrel survived since I have a short-tailed regular visitor as well :)
These little guys never cease to amuse me with their antics, funny expressions and just plain cuteness :)
While this takes me over the #5 limit, I am including this link in case anyone is interested. We have, in the Pittsburgh area, a bald eagle nest and this story and video show the mama warding off a racoon visitor. ( There is a live-stream video of the nest : ) Click HERE to view.
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