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Back Yard Photographer – Bunch of Birds

Over the past few weeks there has been a variety of birds stopping by the yard. Below are a few of my favorites. Hope you like them too. 🙂

Chillin’ in a the butterfly bath

There is a story to the above photo. This year I have been trying to focus on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the flower garden. I had read that having a small amount of water with some rocks (for landing and resting purposes) would help attract the butterflies and hummingbirds. I had some extra flower pots in my garden shed that I painted bright yellow. I then turned it upside down, turned over the bottom part of the pot (so I had a place to put the water) added the water and some rocks. I have seen a few butterflies, but mostly the birds (all sizes) have stopped by to rest and get some water even though I have a much bigger bird bath for the birds. Oh well, these little guys seemed to be having a good time. 🙂

Oriole on a can

The above picture also has a story. Early Spring I had been reading about attracting Orioles to the yard. A couple suggestions were to put grape jelly and/ or oranges in a bright orange feeder. Apparently the Orioles are attracted to the bright orange. I had grape jelly for my oriole experiment, but not a feeder. I didn’t want to buy a feeder until I knew the Orioles would come around. (I’m a little thrifty – maybe just cheap) A couple of years ago my oldest daughter got married. Her wedding colors were orange and blue. We had a few of the decorations left, so I used one to make the feeder. It is an empty dog food can, cleaned and painted orange. (The ribbon is not necessary for the feeder, but a must have for the wedding. 🙂 ) For the oriole experiment, I drilled a few holes in the can to string thread through to hang it and a few to put the skewer through so the birds had a place to land. I trimmed the ends of the skewers, so there weren’t any sharp ends. I also had a tealight candle holder that fit perfectly into the top of the can to hold the grape jelly. After I put everything together, added jelly into the tealight holder I hung it from the feeder. Within a few days we started to see Orioles. The one in the above photo stops by several times a day now. Guess the experiment was successful.

Charlie the woodpecker lands in the yard

In a previous post about woodpeckers, I had mentioned Charlie the woodpecker (seems I like to give these visitors names) liked to fly over our yard from his home to a bush in our neighbor’s yard that had berries on it. I was hoping to get a picture of Charlie in flight. That hasn’t happened yet. However, he is now stopping in the yard and getting the seeds and berries that drop out of the bird feeder. I’m glad I still get to see Charlie.

House Finch in the wind

The female house finch in the above photo is standing on a fence post facing into the wind. She looks like she is steadying herself against the wind. It was really more of a slight breeze and not a wind, but she is so tiny it doesn’t take much to blow her off her perch.

Male House Finch

Close up of a male house finch, is the above photo. He is often found nibbling on the sedums.

Hummingbird

A hummingbird is in the above photo. It isn’t a perfect photo, but I’m happy I can at least tell what it is!! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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