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.

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??

Catch A Glimpse

The Chickadee is one of my favorite backyard songbirds to watch at the feeders.

They make such a sweet, little chirping, whistled song and the markings of color on their feathers are so beautiful with the little black capped head, setting them apart from other birds.

The Chickadees are small little birds and quickly fly down to the feeder, grabbing only one seed at a time. They then flutter up to the tree limb above to eat the seed. They have tiny short beaks and need the help of their feet to crack open the seed shells.

They also eat a variety of foods and enjoy black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts and peanut butter suet.

Chickadees are cavity nesting birds and will make their home in a birdhouse you provide. A thin scattering of sawdust or wood chip shavings in the bottom of the birdhouse encourages them to nest inside.

I have had the pleasure of nesting Chickadees in my yard each spring and feeding at my feeders regularly.

I hope you too are blessed with the presence of these beautiful little birds in your backyard.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.