Monday, July 10, 2006


In early spring we bought birdfeeders--both regular bird feeders and hummingbird feeders--to attract birds to our yard. We located our Audubon Society Bird Identification Guide and we have enjoyed getting to know our feathered friends who share our yard. Here is the list of birds we have seen so far:

Cassins Finch
Black Headed Grosbeak
Red-Winged Blackbird
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
Blue Grosbeak
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
We have also found a bird who has built a nest for her eggs above the light on our garage (picture above). She remains unidentified because as soon as we approach the nest she flies off and schreeches at us from across the yard, which is, of course, expected. We are looking forward to the arrival of her babies and, as much as we can, we will check progress everyday!

Another side-effect of attracting birds to our yard has been the deer and squirrels that have taken to breakfasting at the bird-feeder. The deer tip the feeder with their heads and lap up the seed as is spills out, and the squirrels hang on for dear life and nibble on food as the feeder swings back and forth. I suppose we can count ourselves lucky that birdseed is cheap!
Just because I find this interesting, I am providing a link to this website called Little Brown Dress. A woman has just finished wearing the same dress for one year in an effort to "making one small, personal attempt to confront consumerism by refusing to change my dress for 365 days."

Her year ended on July 7th but she hasn't updated her blog yet--maybe today?