RSS Feed

Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

The Great Backyard Bird Count

I do it every year. Count the birds in my backyard. This year the snow made it interesting, and slightly different. We always get a massive influx of starlings when the snow falls. But, I did capture my friend flicker.

csa fandf and vdweekend 062

This Northern flicker hangs out all winter at my suet feeders. He is also a resident bully, chasing away smaller birds. Sort of how the mockingbird acts, but with that long beak, he is definitely intimidating.

Since the weather has been cold, snowy, windy, and the birds are struggling, I always give them extra during this time. I even add peanuts and corn for the squirrels, like this rare black squirrel who hangs out here too.

cooking, birds and squirrel, attic 008

Last item that attracts birds to your yard. Berries.

birds and food 002

The robins love the nandina. We also have crabapple trees.

Keeping the birds fed and hydrated.