Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lazy Birdwatching

The weather was lovely this past weekend. Lots of sunshine and highs in the low 50s F although a little windy. I took full advantage of my “lazy birder” setup and got many photos of bird activity around the feeders. The goldfinches nearly filled all available perches at the thistle seed feeder (see the 2 sets of tail feathers peaking out from behind the feeder?).



So I cut some of the coneflower seedheads from the front garden and wove their stems into the latticework of our trellis to see if any goldfinches would go to that instead of the feeder. At least one goldie seems to approve.



Down below the thistle seed feeder, a mourning dove scavenges the spilled seed.



Meanwhile over at the mixed seed feeder, a chipping sparrow or 2 chow down on the millet seed.



And 3 purple finches (only the males have the reddish coloring) visit the mixed seed feeder and the thistle seed feeder.




And finally a comparison of the relative sizes of the hairy woodpecker (top) and the downy woodpecker (bottom). Notice the solid tail feathers of the hairy and the barred tail feathers of the downy.



14 comments:

  1. That is a lovely variety of birdy visitors. Nice to see the Goldfinch collecting natural seed instead of the easy pickings from the feeder.

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  2. Hi Wilma,
    Quite a variety of birds in a small area.Beautiful woodpeckers.
    Haha.. not bad for a lazybirder. Good things come to those who wait.....on a lazychair.
    Best regards
    madi

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  3. I'm always glad to learn of another subscriber to the Lazy bird watching life style - it's tough work sitting and watching birds, but it has to be done! Nice series.

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  4. John - they do prefer the easy pickings of the feeder, but I really liked watching how that little guy worked the seedheads. I'm not sure how much longer they will be around, but I've run out of thistle seeds!

    Madi - if you are going to wait for the birds, you may as well be comfortable, right?

    Chris P - I think this style will really have merit come the depths of winter!

    Thanks to all of you for visiting and commenting.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  5. Beautiful garden birds. Love that woodpeckers.

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  6. Hi Wilma,
    Well for a lazy bird watching, I've to say that it appeared to be quite productive, both in terms of species and pictures. Congrats, these shots are really cool. I lvoe the downy!

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  7. It's great to see such activity like that round the feeders. Such a variety too. A real lift to the spirits.

    Thank you for your kind words on my previous post. Appreciated.

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  8. Beautiful visitors to your feeding station, Wilma.

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  9. Tabib - woodpeckers are special, aren't they?

    Chris - we'll see what is here in the depths of winter...

    Keith - yes, it is a real tonic for the psyche to watch all this bird activity.

    Dean - I never tire of watching them.

    thanks for visiting and commenting.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  10. Hi Wilma,loved all your stunning birds.
    We loved our visit to your great country last year.
    We can't wait for a return visit.
    Love your Blog and thank you for your great comments.

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  11. JR and Sue - Belize is a fantastic place, isn't it? Hope you get to visit again soon; let me know. And thanks for visiting and commenting on this blog.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  12. That's the way to do it, Wilma. I often find great pleasure just sitting in the window and watching the birds on the feeders. Thank you for all of your kind comments.

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  13. It's wonderful to see so many different kinds of birds! The mourning dove looks pretty similar to the ones who come here, except that they are spotted.

    I've never managed to get good shots of woodpeckers...these are lovely!

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  14. Emm and Kanak - thanks for the nice comments. Trying to get a good shot of the woodpeckers was my inspiration for setting up my lazy birder spot; the birds can't see me unless I get right up to the glass. It is a pleasure to sit and watch the variety show.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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