Bird's Eye View from my Kitchen Window
My bird feeders have been busy this past week with the addition of a new bird feeder I put up. I got this great soda bottle bird feeder from my hubby for Christmas. What I like the best about it is that is keeps nyjer bird seed dry from the miserable amounts of rain we've had of late. (Granted this is typical for the PNW in winter.)
Even in the summer, the nyjer bird seed gets mushy from the occasional rain showers (or my dear next door neighbor who washes her car on a daily basis...really). So this nifty feeder is a winner with me. The first day I put the feeder out, a male Anna Hummingbird was the first to visit and he sat on the rest and stared at me though the window with disgust.
The Lesser Goldfinches are flocking to it. I had no idea we had any around. I've also had a large group of Chestnut backed Chick-a-dee's come to visit. I believe there were over 12. I usually only see them in ones or twos. Other visitors include Rufus sided Towhee, various sparrows, Black-capped Chick-a-dee's, Junco's and the group of Anna Humming Birds that have wintered over.
|El Rotten Silvercat|
The fat cat pictured above does try to torture himself by leaping and smashing into the window in an attempt to get the birds. He's an inside cat and clearly not to bright.
If you've not added the soda bottle feeder to your collection, I'd recommend it. Very little spill and thus far is protecting the seed very well. I'm interested in trying to build one of the make yourself varieties down the line as well.
Update: A family of Evening Grosbeaks arrived today as well. I've never seen them this early in the year before.