a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I have become a crazy bird lady

Recently we visited Jay's Bird Barn here, a local business whose owner has been learning about birds since he was 5 years old.  He is now a grandfather, so he's been learning about birds for a long period of time.  We were looking for a new feeder and just wanted to go into the store to check it out.  We got a very nice education about different types of bird seeds and feeders. We walked away with a new bird feeder, (on the right in the picture below) that doesn't have individual perches and birds can feed on all aspects of it.  We also purchased seed for it (thistle) and seed for our other bird feeder.  We put the new feeder up and didn't get any takers until the next day.  But then they started coming.....and coming.....and coming.....



The most I have counted on it is 18 birds.  They pretty much eat 3/4 of the feeder on a daily basis.  It is a constant activity of birds coming and going. 


This is one of my favorite birds to see. I think it is a grosbeak if I did my research correctly.  Very colorful.  For a while I only saw one of them, now I see two, could there be babies down the road? He (she?) eats the seed on the ground, I have never seen it on the feeders.



This one may be a bit hard to find. It is either a hawk or a falcon (I'm voting hawk, hubby votes falcon). Look on the branches with no leaves and you should be able to spot it. It was a sunny day when I was trying to take its picture, so hard to get a clear shot.  It is around at times and when it is around, all the other birds scatter.  One time when it was around, two quail were out and about. When they sensed it, they stayed under a bush for a very long time before they ventured out.



I haven't seen the quail in about a week, which is kind of unusual. Before I would see some of them almost on a daily basis.  I had a few days off from work last week and diligently watched for them, but didn't see any.  So did they have their babies, raise them, and then take off some place else?  I guess time will tell. 

I admit, I really do enjoy bird watching and studying them. And filling up the bird feeders on a daily basis.  

Maybe because I miss nurturing. Children, then a dog, and now birds?

So I might be that crazy bird lady, but its nice for this season, however long the season might last.

We are in a holding pattern here.  Waiting for the house to sell in San Diego, which in turn will send the dominoes falling for future plans, a home here, a new vehicle, possibly a dog, etc., etc., etc.  Trying to be patient while we wait.  We know it will happen, just not sure when.

So we wait. And I feed the birds.

And basically life is pretty darn good.

Don't you agree?

43 comments:

Paula Kaye said...

I am a crazy bird lady too! I sit by my dining window and watch them come and go. I have binoculars there for the ones I need to take a closer look at. Then there is my bird book to help me identify those I am looking at. I love your new feeder. What are all those beautiful yellow birds that are covering it. I am guessing finches of some kind. But you tell me!

salemslot9 said...

Betty's Bird Diner
Special of the Day
Thistle
I agree
life is pretty darn good.

Jacquelineand.... said...

There are far, far worse things to be.

Bijoux said...

Birding is fun, though my husband makes fun of the more serious ones we see in the national park......they tend to have the same 'uniform.'

We only have a hummingbird feeder out in the summer. Love to watch them.

lyndagrace said...

Wow, how cool your feeder is. The amount of birds it attracts is amazing. I have one feeder out back between the pine trees. It has been full for a month now, no takers.
Good luck with the house sale. I hope it happens for you soon.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It isn't always easy to wait at all, but meanwhile life does go on. I'm glad you have some pleasurable entertainment there. Birdwatching is one of my favorite things to do. Enjoy each day as it comes !

Linda said...

"Feed the birds, show them you care, tuppence a bag." (What'd you expect from a Julie Andrew's fan) Fun to see your photos, never seen so many birds at a time! Hope all goes well with selling house and future nurturing. Life is good; each day a gift. Roller coaster lately with fil's cancer diagnosis. Surgery went well removing one kidney and adrenal gland, oral medication next step for other kidney.

Joanne Noragon said...

It's real easy to become slaves to our little feathered friends. I have a mesh thistle feeder, too, and the first time I put it up it had finches attached to it like piglets to their mother. So, I call them my flying pigs.

Pat Hatt said...

haha nothing wrong with being a crazy bird lady. I think it's a hawk too

Intense Guy said...

Wow! Look at all those birds on the feeder!!

What make and model is it? My folks might enjoy one of these!

I hope the dominoes tumble soon!

I think your "Grosbeak" is a Spotted Towhee (the red eye gives it away). I think I got my birder uniform on! I vote Hawk too - Perhaps a Cooper's Hawk.

Saleslady371 said...

I do agree! Birds are fascinating to watch. They are beautiful. Love the bird feeder. A simple pleasure I call it. Agreeing with you in prayer for that house to sell at just the right time!

Chatty Crone said...

You know Betty I used to have a lot of bird feeders and birds and loved it - so I understand - somehow it is just exciting. You have a LOT of great ones there. Have fun.

DMS said...

I love to watch the birds from my deck- so I can totally relate. Your new feeder looks amazing. 18 birds at once! Sounds like the thistle is key to getting them to come. So much activity to keep you busy. :) Love the pictures!
~Jess

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like you in a good place and that makes me happy :) I'm glad you are enjoying your new hobby with the birds. Are those yellow birds I see? Praying those dominoes fall together soon for you.
Debby

joeh said...

Nothing wrong with loving birds. I wonder if the quail are hiding from the hawk.

Mevely317 said...

You're right ... life is pretty darn good when one pauses to look around. Your first photo and mesmerizing; I can only imagine how cool in 'real life.'

susie said...

I have to share something. We both read Tammie's blog. As I was commenting on her raccoon story, a raccoon walked right by my slider! I had never seen one in the yard before. I like birds too.

Chrys Fey said...

Look at all of those birds! Holy cow! I just put out a new bird feeder and I'm lucky if I see one red cardinal.

jack69 said...

Wow what a covey (s) of birds. I need a better bird feeder. We are sitting here in the motor home recuperating from the all night drive to 'CATCH UP' (ha) while the boys are out taking in St. Louis...

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

Birds are probably the coolest animals to watch, so many unique kinds of birds!

Stephanie Faris said...

We have a bird feeder right next to the house. I was filling it so we could watch the birds all day. They were entertaining but it soon spiraled out of control. Occasionally one would fly right into the window! They started building nests on the back deck and in all the shrubs next to the house. And seeds were on the ground everywhere. A friend said you shouldn't have it that close to the house because of rats? Have you heard that? I stopped filling it and now I rarely see a bird. I miss them!

Nick Wilford said...

There are worse ways to spend time! Pretty cool to get a hawk (or falcon). You're doing a lot of good for the local ecology.

Wendy said...

Love those gold finches. I get those at my feeders too. That's an unusual feeder -- I'll have to look for one next time I'm in the market.

Liz A. said...

That's great. I do love to look at birds, too. I'm particularly fond of hummingbirds.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It's fun watching the birds coming in to eat. They love your place. And that definitely looks like a bird of prey, although not sure what type. Hawk or falcon...your guess is as good as mine. It is staking your area because of the regular birds coming by to feast on the bird seed. It now considers your place a feeding ground. This used to happen to me and one time a hawk flew right down like a bullet and nabbed a mourning dove. It disturbed me for the longest time although I know it's just part of nature. Then I read that these birds start hanging around places where birds feed regularly, like at bird feeders, just waiting for an opportunity. So I started shuffling my feeding schedule to confuse it. One day I'd feed then the next day I wouldn't. Then I'd feed for two days and not for one. And so on. Eventually the hawk gave up because of the inconsistency and I (but more so some poor bird) haven't had to experience another traumatic experience like that!

Veronica Lee said...

Birds are fascinating creatures. Love the bird feeder. My cousin is a birder and I enjoy looking at all the bird photos she shares with me.

Maria Zannini said...

Birds don't visit my feeder in the summer. I guess there's enough live food for them elsewhere. But in winter, it's like O'Hare Airport.

I love watching birds.

yaya said...

That's a lot of birds! Reminds me of that movie.."The Birds"...Ha! I did a ton of bird watching this past winter when I was recouping from my knee surgery. I enjoyed all the varieties that came to the feeder. Good luck on the house sale..hope it all goes quickly.

Cindi said...

love the cute lil birds. Mostly large prey birds in my backyard so no feeders, don't want to set up something for the hawks or osprey to go after no easy targets here! Since we've moved to FL I really miss seeing robins, lil blue birds, but on the rare occasion we will see a cardinal very rare tho. Enjoy

Sunni said...

Betty,

Those are great bird shots! Birds will eat you out of house and home! My neighbor has a feeder similar to the new one you got. Wow! That's a lot of birds on there! I can see why they empty it fast. That's how it goes with the hummingbird feeder here and the orioles and hummers feeding on it, along with the finches and sparrows who get on the perchs and rock it to get the nectar out.

We limit the birds with the other seed feeders, or we'd go broke buying seed.

I saw a bird like the grosbeck too and wondered what it was. Now I know.

That's a hawk in the tree. Falcons are smaller birds and darker colored. We see one once in a while, but it's usually the hawks. We have one that's been coming by to bathe daily in the birdbath, or perhaps to cool off. I've got lots of shots now and will write a post about it soon. Everything will scatter when the hawks come in because they're predators and the other birds know it. The chipmunks do too. The only birds that ignore them are the hummers.

I haven't seen many quail lately either. But there's a lot of seed in the desert right now because of the rain we've had. I imagine they're raising the chicks out there. You'll probably see "teenagers" when you see the babies again. Keep pans of water out. I have pie pans all over the place that I fill daily.

I love to watch the birds too.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

MS said...

Bird watching can be peaceful, but it looks like you have Grand Central Station there! Do you think it is the design of the feeder or the type of seed?
This post makes me want to go looking for a feeder for my yard.
Mary

Mildred said...

It's good that you have the birds to entertain you. They sure are beautiful and that bird shop and its owner sound delightful! Best wishes with everything falling into place for the future.

Rhonda Albom said...

I live in a bird crazy country, so I wake up to the chirping every morning. Nice birds here, and there are worse things to be like someone else said.

Kat said...

The quail are probably absent because of the hawk. They aren't gonna come out with their babies when he is in the area. And yes, birds are little hogs. I fill up my feeder and the seed is gone by the next day. I usually leave it empty for a day or so to get the birds to clean up under the feeders as well. ;)

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Hi Betty! Nice bird feeder! You have more birds than we do, and I thought we had a lot! It is fun watching them and I think they are so pretty. Sounds like you are having a great summer! Keep feeding those birds :-)

Mary said...

My guess is falcon, based on the coloring of his/her chest feathers. I'll bet it's the reason you haven't seen many quail, they'd definately steer clear of any area with a predator like that on the prowl.

Misha Gericke said...

I think it's nice to watch birds. But my cats would see the feeder as a lure. :-D

Lux G. said...

I couldn't blame you. They're majestic creatures.

SweetMarie said...

I'm with you! I love watching my birds and squirrels and rabbits, but not hawks or falcons! that looks like a big red shoulder hawk to me, but I can't see his face too well. I just saw my first falcon in our back yard a few weeks ago. he was watching my sweet visitors. I went outside to take a pic and run him off but, he took off and boy was he fast! his face looked as though he was wearing a mask.
hope you're having a great week! love your photos!

Sharon said...

Dear Crazy Bird Lady,

Sounds like you're having a great time. And it sounds like the birds have discovered a wonderful place to spend some time. Love your photos. And thanks for sharing them on your blog, as I don't *twitter* or *tweet*...

xo

Elizabeth said...

I downloaded the iBird Yard: Guide to Birds on my iPhone and I have gone outside a few times to listen to the birds and compare to the sounds recorded on the app. One of my college science professors started me on this hobby when he had us take a test over bird calls. So I enjoy watching and listening to them :)

njmagas said...

Birds are really calming creatures. I love having bird feeders outside, to see the birds fly around in the morning. I have my own little parrot too, who is a joy to have in my life. As for quails, those things are ninja birds. I went camping once and had a quail stalking me, and any time I walked around a corner it would jump out and give me a heart attack.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

Ole Boy has been feeding the birds around my house ever since we moved in. We've also kept thistle feeders, too...the finches love thistle, and they are pretty. We've attracted some pretty amazing birds...like you, we enjoy it.

Yes, I agree...it's a good life. God is gracious to me, so much more than I deserve.