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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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Finally some Action.................

Birds that is. We have had some terrible Spring weather. The snow just will not quit. Worse still is that it rained on top and froze, then snowed again. I felt so bad for the Robins who are full of eggs, sitting in the Mountain Ash trying to find a withered berry or two.
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Someone told me that birds like cat food. So I put out dried cat food. What a success. Not only the Robin ate it but so many others came down for it. Cats are getting a bit worried I think as their supply is dwindling. It's on my shopping list.
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The local Starling population spend most of their day in the surrounding trees waiting for me to refill the feeders. I have resorted to putting it on the ground.
I am putting out nuts, raisins and bread and any scraps I can find. I won't be using the nuts for some time and they get stale. May as well be of some use.
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The Blue Jays have had to take turns with the Grackles and Starlings. They are all about the same size so don't intimidate each other too much. Talking of that, one Squirrel got really pissed off at a Crow who had the nerve to come on the deck. It chased the Crow away.
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The Crows are shy about coming down and only do so very reluctantly, I am not sure why. Hunger tends to ward off fear though and they started to take the chance when I threw out some Chicken stew. I added some bread and vegetables. Got to have a menu to suit everyone.
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I see Seagulls fly over every day but they never come in. Then they spotted the stew and for the first time ever they came in to feed. I am sure Bud next door is doing his nut.
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Such beautiful birds, how do they stay so clean? I know they are mean. I know they will kill other birds and have attacked pets etc but, they have their place and I welcome everyone. They are hungry, they need food. So I supply it. For now.............they only have ever come in for human food. So I can control this, same with the Crows.
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They are so beautiful I can't get over how clean they are.
Well my camera needed it's batteries charged and so I went and downloaded stuff on the computer. I heard tapping on the side of the house near the Window. I couldn't see anything but from experience believed it to be a Woodpecker. I tried to creep out but no one there. Then I saw it in the tree. Naturally my camera was out of action. I quickly loaded it again and went in search........
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I couldn't get a good shot because of the trees and by the time I put on boots I knew he would be gone. So this is it.
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The little birds have been staying away pretty much while this lot have been in. I did fill up things for them and the Chickadee does not care who is here. He says this is all mine.
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The Cardinals have been every day and I got loads of pictures of them both. I can only take so many pictures of the same birds so now wait for perfect opportunities. Like the two of them together. That does not happen often. The only others I have seen would be the Titmouse and this guy. Once I stop feeding the big guys they will be back.......they tend to come at the end of the day when everything settles down.
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The weatherman says it should warm up at the end of the week. The snow is covered in Ice. I tried to get the Holly leaves up for the Robin to no avail. It was solid.
That's when I tried the cat food idea that someone told me about. Mrs Robin is so fat, she must lay her eggs soon or she will pop.

1 comment:

Magic Love Crow said...

Such a wonderful post Janice!! I love it!!! Thank you for all your wonderful pictures! Made my heart smile! Never heard about the cat food? I might get some! You made me laugh about your cats! I do think Spring is here! Big Hugs!