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YellowRose Posted - Aug 02 2022 : 06:21:55 AM
I feed the birds on the ground in my backyard for two reasons. One is I want to attract the ground feeders - cardinals, brown thrashers, and blue jays. Two there are so many squirrels that tear up feeders that I just gave up on having feeders and now I feed enough on the ground for birds and the pesty squirrels. This morning the first feeder was the red headed woodpecker that I see on my neighbor's trees. After he left a pair of blue jays came followed by three young blue jays. Then several cardinals showed up. So much color this morning.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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Killarney Posted - Jul 10 2024 : 11:13:15 AM
Winnie, thats so exciting you get to see the Bluebird families! We rarely see one here, when we do its just so amazing to see one! They are so beautiful!
Connie
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Jul 10 2024 : 05:27:36 AM
We have purposely put up a bird feeding station in our backyard with a variety of foods for all sorts of birds. We have so much enjoyment watching come daily to feed . it is also wonderful to see those friends who winter here in Florida and pay us a visit every year as well. The highlight so far this early Summer has been the bluebird families bringing the young ones to learn to eat the dried worms. So far , we have seen two different families come. Such a joy!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
Killarney Posted - Jul 09 2024 : 2:10:42 PM
Sara,arent those buzzards big? We have something called Turkey Hawks, they are huge! We have a lot of Barn Owls, Ive had them swoop down after my cat and also sit on the fence post by my birdfeeders trying to catch dinner. If I see one by the feeders,I walk towards them and they will always fky away! Wow! Up close that wing span is big!
Connie
YellowRose Posted - Jul 09 2024 : 1:28:29 PM
Had three unexpected visitors in my back yard today, buzzards. I had just let Annie out when she ran to the far corner under the large oak tree and one buzzard on the ground flew off. I looked up and two more were on my neighbor's roof behind me. They didn't seem to be bothered by either Annie on the ground or me on the deck. They stayed around for a few minutes then flew off.

Later a bluejay enjoyed a drink and splash in the bird bath.



Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 28 2024 : 3:24:30 PM
That is still pretty neat. I would love to have one close to the house sometime so I can show the kids. Watching them feed their babies is really cool.

Krista
Killarney Posted - Jun 26 2024 : 6:08:15 PM
Krista! Love that they hang with the cows!Lol! We have kept our distance, watching only from the windows.we love watching the mama tufted titmouse feed her babies! Boy she works hard!
Connie
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 26 2024 : 1:28:38 PM
Connie, that is so neat you have birds nests so close to your house. The closest nest we have is in the cow shed. The birds like to hang out with the cows.

Krista
Killarney Posted - Jun 23 2024 : 11:35:20 AM
Sara,yes! We see her fly by and we stop whatever we are doing and watch very quietly from the windows.
We also had a female and male cardinal build a best on my wisteria on a arbour. Its so thick, perfect place for proctection.
We see them fly in and out.
We dont go under the arbor so as not to disturb them. They announce wgen they are near. The arbor is near lily Junes swing set, so they land on the top of it and fly into the arbour. The nest is in the left side near the middle. Its a joy to watch them.I grew up feeding and watching the birds with my next door neighbor. Hugs! Connie
YellowRose Posted - Jun 23 2024 : 11:15:21 AM
Connie that is so special and what a great way for Lily June to see nature up close and learn from you.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
Killarney Posted - Jun 23 2024 : 11:04:51 AM
Me too sara! Right now lily June and I are watching a tufted titmouse feed her babies! She built her nest in one of my flower pots on the front porch so we can see her from the windows. She flies from azalea bush to bush till she reaches the one nearest the pot. We put a note on the pot for delivery folks and family. Connie
YellowRose Posted - Jun 23 2024 : 08:52:43 AM
I see the most wonderful things from my kitchen window. Just a little while ago I saw a family of blue jays at my bird bath. Adult male and female blue jays and two "teenagers". Right after the blue jays flew off a morning dove stopped by for a drink.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Apr 21 2024 : 3:51:14 PM
Sara, that is such a wonderful story about the history of your home! It brings a piece of our national history along with it which makes it special. Such a real treasure.

Connie, I will try and bring a few of Warren's bird photos here soon. We love our birds!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
Killarney Posted - Apr 21 2024 : 2:44:32 PM
Winnie,it would be wonderful if you could share some of Warren's amazing
bird photos here!
Connie
Killarney Posted - Apr 21 2024 : 2:42:20 PM
Sara,it means a lot to me, he passed away in 2005.
Nancy,you have a lot of wonder in your backyard! I love looking closer too with the binoculars!
Connie.
Nancy Joplin Posted - Apr 21 2024 : 1:51:24 PM
In our yard we are lucky enough to have so many birds. We use feeders, birdbaths, bee and butterfly watering stations, and hummingbird feeders. We are still learning what all of the birds are, but we have had house finches, black phoebes, mourning doves, and many others that we are trying to identify. My husband and I are going to start photographing them to help us with the job of identifying them little guys and gals that visit our backyard. We each have a pair of small binoculars that we use right now, so we are looking forward to using the cameras that we have. Can't wait to get some photos of our little darlings!

Nancy 8352
YellowRose Posted - Apr 20 2024 : 05:10:52 AM
Connie, how wonderful to live in the home your grandfather built.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
Killarney Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 6:15:55 PM
Sara,I agree Homes are born, your home has an amazing history! my grandfather built homes all his life,My house I live in now wasn't he last one he built! It has the heart of My grandfather in the walls. I can't imagine living anywhere else as long as I'm on the earth!
Connie
YellowRose Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 2:05:24 PM
I love houses with a history of the people who lived in them or why & how they were built. My house was born (I tend to think of houses being born rather than being built) during WWII on Camp Maxey Army Training Base west of Paris. After the war it was moved into Paris so my house is as old as I am.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
Killarney Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 1:52:27 PM
Lisa, me too, I love being in the country where I can hear them much better. How exciting to own a wildlife painters home!
Connie W.
nubidane Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 1:35:15 PM
I am will all of you! I just love the sound of of the birds all day long, especially in the wee morning hours.
Dawn, there are squirrel proof feeders that I have had luck with, but those buggers are pretty crafty when it comes to trying to get that forbidden snack.
We have had many crows this year, more than usual. I always think of the Hitchcock thriller, The Birds.
We bought our house from a famous wildlife painter (John Ruthven) who was most famous for his bird paintings. Our house was his studio, and I always say that the birds are plentiful because they are hoping to pose for a portrait. LOL>
YellowRose Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 09:24:51 AM
Connie, we have chicken hawks, don't know about turkey hawks, maybe in west Texas.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
Killarney Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 08:59:06 AM
Sara, we have birds that size, they are called Turkey Hawks. They are huge! Like you said your black birds are, about 2 feet!
Connie W.
YellowRose Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 06:47:52 AM
Connie I used to see a redheaded woodpecker but haven't seen or heard it this year.

Dawn, I know it was special to see the herons. Before I moved to Paris 12 years ago. I lived 100 miles west on a half acre, surrounded by 18 acres of grass land. One morning across the street from me I saw a pair of blackbirds. They were huge so I looked them up. They were American crows and stood 2' tall. They stayed around for several days then I never saw them again.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
ddmashayekhi Posted - Apr 19 2024 : 03:42:09 AM
The birdies wake me up around 3:45 a.m. every morning. We live in a wooded area and in my backyard is a forest preserve. Last night a pair of herons landed on a tree limb in our backyard! We were fortunate to see them fly in and then each settle on the same branch. It was really an amazing sight, I've never seen herons land in a tree before. They are always fishing on the shoreline in the rivers and lakes here.

Wish I could find a bird feeder that the squirrels can't get into. I've sadly given up trying to put a feeder up out there, the squirrels steal everything!

Dawn in IL

"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." Mark Twain.
Killarney Posted - Apr 18 2024 : 5:53:20 PM
I live all the Bird stories! I cannot imagine a day without feeding my Birdies! I love to watch them from my window especially the male cardinal feeding his female.
We have lots of woodpeckers,

finches, tufted titmouse, blue
Jay's, Redbird, robins, finches, morning Doves and a Bluebird who has been coming for years. He us so beautiful!
Connie W.

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