This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Not just the pretty ones.............

Some people try to keep the bird feeders for the pretty little birds. I can understand that. The problem is they all get hungry. People usually tell me they try to keep the Starlings away because they are noisy and greedy. Well, have you ever really looked at a Starling? They are amazing birds. Really, they are. Have you ever seen a "murmuration" ?
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It is one of natures wonders. Besides, they are beautiful too and have lovely singing voices when not squawking and squabbling. They mimic other birds.
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That guy found the peanut butter. The suet container was empty and so I put some peanut butter in there. It froze and made a good suet. Well they really liked that. It took awhile to find it.
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Look at the markings on this bird. If it was in sunshine it would show the peacock colours.Each feather is marked.
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Then we have Blue jays. Loads of those too. They too are very noisy birds. One comes in and yells to his friends hey come on over, she's filled the feeders and within seconds the feeders are full of birds.
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It is amazing that every bird is different and yet the same. Some have personalities that just burst through.
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The alert expression in the eyes.
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The colour and markings are beautiful.
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I am happy when I get a picture of a bird in flight
I had to include my crow..........another disliked bird that I love. They are so intelligent.
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They are also very beautiful.
The real pest is the Squirrel. They are unrelenting. They get hungry too so I feel bad chasing them off. They get their share though. Trouble is now I have about 10 coming every day. Way too many. Bud will be putting his traps out come Spring I have no doubt.
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The black ones are smaller but more aggressive
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I think they cohabitate. Some blacks have red tails.
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The squirrels can take their food and go sit on a nearby tree and enjoy a good snack. Then back they come for more. They also hide some of it and sometimes the Crows find it.
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One of the fiestiest birds is the Mourning Dove. I love watching them hold their ground or even give one of the others a good whap with their beaks. They are not easily intimidated.
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That guy was getting himself a wash and brush up, sunny on a pretty day.

1 comment:

Magic Love Crow said...

What amazing photos! Truly loved them all! I am like you, I love all the birds and animals, even the squirrels! I was sitting today in the kitchen, watching the birds and then I started to feed the chipmunks!