Never Ever Thought!

I, like many of you, never ever thought I would find myself in this situation of confined to home with life as we know it turned upside down due to the virus threat. I know so far, I am one of the lucky ones having continued good health for myself and loved ones. So many have suffered great loss due to this pandemic and it is heartbreaking.

At times, I wonder if life will ever resume the normal daily activities we all enjoyed and took for granted. The mere act of feeding the birds has even taken a backseat for me, the most passionate bird lover around. Though, I still smile when I hear the beautiful songbirds waking up each morning singing their praises for another day.

It’s hard not to get depressed and give up on the things you once loved to do, when the supplies you need are no longer readily available.

I have been trying to continue growing my flowers and garden but with limited resources it has become a challenge. Just when I think it’s useless to continue, a very friendly mockingbird visits me checking out the greenery on my patio.

It made me stop and realize a pity party is ok once in awhile when things seem out of control, but it is important to shake those negative feelings and find happiness in the small things that matter to you.

As we are all so painfully aware lately, life can be cut short without warning, so we should make the most of each moment. So with that in mind, I will move forward in a positive manner with my garden and bird feeding plans. I am determined not to let this years memories be only of the sad, unhappy, virus ridden ones.

Try to find some happiness in feeding the birds, and may you smile a little at the birdseed in your shoe.

Bird Tales

Found this exceptional little book at an antique store today while strolling the streets of a quaint downtown area.

It was just setting on a shelf waiting for me to find it. Always makes my day when I find something so cool as this and relating to birds. It’s old and dusty but in pretty good condition otherwise.

I’m very happy with my treasure find today while others were stocking up on Black Friday sales. Can’t wait to read it!!

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Two Words —

I was a little late in getting my birdseed out this morning and when I looked out the window, I saw four little doves sitting on the fence. They were patiently waiting for me to hang the feeders so they could have breakfast.

It made me smile and also realize how much my backyard friends trust that I will hang the feeders and they will have seeds for the day.

Patience is something that few of us humans have. We hurry throughout our daily lives grumbling if we have to wait for anything.

Trust is another area where some of us are lacking. We can become skeptical and cynical towards others due to life experiences.

Perhaps, we all should take a lesson from the doves and have a little patience, and a lot of trust, and we will find ourselves in a much better state of mind.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Busy…Busy!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Holiday week is happening now and if your like me your “to do” list just keeps on growing.

Just remember when planning all those table place settings for family and friends, take a few minutes each day to fill your bird feeders.

Happy Thanksgiving Week and Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

In A Flicker—(woodpecker that is)

Have you ever had a bird photobomb your photo?

This happened to me several years ago when I lived along a lake and near a nature center wildlife refuge. There were always an abundance of birds at my feeders and this particular day the cardinals were everywhere.

I decided to grab my camera and snap a few shots of their beauty. So many cardinals eating at one time, with their bright red feathers against the silver feeders, made a colorful picture.

Just as I was about to take another picture, this big fellow, a flicker woodpecker, swoops in and flies right in front of the camera.

Of course, the cardinals were startled and flew away in every direction to escape, but the magnificent photo I got by accident was the best ever.

So I would say, the moral of this story is that photobombing is not always a bad thing, especially when it comes to birdwatching.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Hands Free Photography

A great addition to your backyard birdwatching is a Birdcam. I have the Wingscapes Birdcam Pro, Model WCB-00119.

It comes with great instructions for general use and set up with mounting accessories.

I have used the Birdcam Pro both mounted to a tree,

And just on the ground.

The results have been very good with the many focusing capabilities this model has.

It uses a motion sensor to capture the image on a SD card, which is also a convenient way to view the pictures taken.

The case enclosing the camera is weatherproof and the battery life is sufficient, resulting in a low maintenance outdoor camera.

It takes 8 AA batteries to operate the camera and the battery compartment is easily removed from the camera using the eject button when it is time to change the batteries.

I leave mine focused on my backyard bird feeder area both day and night. There is always an element of surprise when viewing the images captured with your Birdcam Pro. I have captured great photos of my backyard friends and even some unexpected wildlife I didn’t know was coming around (a fox).

Since the Birdcam is motion activated, it can also be used as a security camera as well.

I have been extremely pleased with my purchase and love the idea that I can get images of birds in my backyard doing what they do naturally without me being nearby.

Make yourself happy and enhance your birdwatching by adding a Birdcam to your yard. You will be glad you did.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Hey, I’m Under Here!!

This sad little birdhouse was buried under miscellaneous junk on a shelf at a local thrift store.

I just can’t seem to pass up an abandoned birdhouse that others thought was no longer useful.

I think repurposing this little gem will be a great project to do during the cold winter days ahead. I wonder what creativeness will be bestowed upon it??

Tuesday Tip

Suet cake blocks are great feeding options for the cold winter months.

Suet is made from solidified fat and is a high energy food for birds

It comes in a variety of flavors for the birds and is easy to put in the suet feeders and hang on a tree branch or post.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

BURR…A Chill In The Air

It has been cold and rainy the last couple of days here in Texas. Somehow these little blooms keep hanging on.

We are all snuggled inside our warm homes wondering if this is the beginning of a long winter season.

I can’t help but think of my backyard birds who quickly come to grab a snack and then fly off to escape the pouring rain.

Do you wonder where birds go during inclement weather? To a hidden nest among the tree branches or into the bushy shrubs, into a pile of wood stacked high against the fence, or even underneath the flaps of the patio tent for protection and warmth. We all hope they are snuggled inside the nesting boxes and birdhouses we have left up for the unpredictable weather.

I care so much about my backyard friends, that I wish I could give each one a nice warm “birdie blanket” to snuggle up to. Of course, I know that is not a practical idea — only a crazy bird loving old lady would want to make “birdie blankets”!!

But what I can do and you too as well, is put warm water in the bird baths, or install a small birdbath heater to keep the water from freezing. Also, cover the feeders with a domed weather guard to keep the seeds and birds dry and fill the feeders with a high fat oil content seed to provide energy.

So when you are hearing the weather forecast for a dip in temperatures and you scurry to cover up your favorite flowers, don’t forget to “winterize” your bird feeders as well.

Stay warm, my friends, and happy birdwatching.