The Story of the Woodpecker and Finch

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I know, I know…yes another bird picture from me.  I can’t help myself!

I was going to take a picture of the colorful woodpecker eating at the feeder and that’s where the story begins…….

The hungry woodpecker was happily enjoying his breakfast.  He didn’t have a care in the world even when he noticed me with a camera watching him in the window.   He was a relaxed woodpecker enjoying life on a cold snowy morning.

Along came the golden yellow, beautiful, small finch.  He eyed up the feeder and saw it held many treats for a hungry bird.  He did a fly by once and then again. Out of nowhere he appeared with wings spread and an angry look on his face.  He zeroed right in on the happy woodpecker and chased him away!

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And he ate and ate until his heart was content

The End!!  For today that is…..

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I admit I have a problem watching our birds at the feeder.  It does cut into my laundry, cleaning and chore time.  I enjoy watching their antics, ways of communicating, colors and freedom they exhibit.  Here is a collection of some of the birds at the feeder.

 

Sunflowers turned to seed

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We have bird feeders we use throughout the winter and fill them with sunflower seeds for the birds.  This year we planted a sunflower garden to grow our own seeds.

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The first picture is the patch 2 weeks ago in full bloom.  The other 2 pictures are when we planted the garden in June and 3 weeks after the first planting.

We shared this patch with our pumpkins.

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As you can see this worked very well.  The pumpkin picture is just one row and we have 8 rows with pumpkins.

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The beautiful sunflowers are now turning to seed so tonight we took the time to cut all of the heads off to use to feed the birds throughout the winter.  Some of the heads are loaded with seeds while others have already been worked on by the birds.

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In the end we have 2 very large bags filled with flower heads and seeds.

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We will hang these from trees throughout the winter for the birds to pick at.  They will also be used as a treat for the chickens.

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You can see how they enjoy picking at it once it’s hung in their run!

Bird Wars…

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When you keep bird feeders around your yard, the birds let you know when they are empty.  This little cardinal was pecking at the window today letting me know it was time to refill.

As I went out to refill the feeder (it was very snowy and windy) he sat on a nearby tree branch watching.  He was very happy, as you can see by the picture, to swoop in and get his breakfast.

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Soon after, his breakfast was disturbed by a pesky bluebird who kept flying at him to chase him off.

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The cute little redhead would not give up and declared war on the bluebird.  He swooped at him over and over until the bluebird finally decided it was best to move on.

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And the bluebird and a few sparrows surrendered and decided to eat the seed from below the feeder that the feisty redhead dropped!

Natural Bird Food

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When there is some down time in our house and the kids are looking for something to do I try to find things that are educational for them as well as fun.  Making our own bird feeding vines are always something they like to do.  You can make these year round using all sorts of things.  It’s inexpensive, easy for the kids to make, and fun to watch the birds pick at.

Today the kids were bored while I was at work so they popped some corn with grandma and used some raisins to make a few hangers.  It’s only been a few hours and the birds have picked away at quite a bit.  But that’s ok as the kids bagged up the left over popcorn and can make some more later.

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