Feeding Frenzy At The Feeders

I haven’t had a chance to get any posts up  the past few days so I thought I’d upload some photographs I  took at my backyard bird feeders this afternoon. Backyard feeders -18

I had to replace one the feeders, since it looks like the bear that lives in my woods is back and took one down yesterday. I just finished hanging it from a tree limb when  this black capped chickadee wasted no time helping himself to some thistle seeds. Backyard feeders -4

It was overcast so the photographs I took weren’t the best, but you can tell that the birds sure had an appetite . Backyard feeders -10

Most of the birds were still the year round residents. the chickadees, sparrows, titmice and nuthatches. Backyard feeders -14

The songbirds haven’t arrived yet but there were a few  newly arrived cowbirds at the feeders.Backyard feeders -9

I could spend hours watching my feathered friends at my feeders and I’m hoping to attract a number of different species this summer.  Backyard feeders -20

And, as I was taking these photographs my turkeys made their appearance, led by this tom .   He has been gobbling  and strutting almost everyday day now, to attract the attention of a hen and to keep the other jakes away. Backyard feeders -3

Well, time to check out the quarter moon and listen to the chorus of the spring peepers. I love the Spring in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs I took at the feeders. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/back-yard-birds-april-13-2016Backyard feeders -4

 

“Poor indeed is the garden in which birds find no homes.”Backyard feeders -2
–  Abram L. Urban

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Fall At The Feeder

Fall is moving along here in northeastern Pennsylvania, and that means colder temperatures and shorter days. The leaves are past their peak now but in my yard many of the oaks still have some color. The robins and song birds have headed south weeks ago but the year long residents are still visiting my feeders. back yard birds 108 (1 of 1)

The most common winter visitors are the black capped chickadees, one of which is pictured above. They make a quick visit to the feeder,  grab some seeds,  sunflowers seem to be their favorite,  and fly  off again. They make many visits from dawn to dusk. Back yard birds 008 (1 of 1)

There are also a lot of house finches at the feeder. The male has the reddish color, while the female is brown and striped.back yard birds finch 121 (1 of 1)

They stay at the feeder longer and enjoy the smaller seeds. Back yard birds finch 20 (1 of 1)

There  were also a few nuthatches. They, too, enjoy sunflower seeds, and have the unique way of descending a tree or feeders to grab their meals. Back yard birds nuthatch 29 (1 of 1)

Today only one titmouse  visited the feeder but there should be more as the weather turns colder and they leave the surrounding woods to find food. Back yard birds titmouse (1 of 1)

I was surprised that there were no sparrows or juncos at the feeders. I believe the sparrows are still finding plenty of seeds and i don’t think the juncos have got here. They migrate from more northern areas and Winter here in Northeast Pennsylvania. And of course there were the turkeys, feeding off the seeds that fall from the feeder or on the leftovers from the corn that I feed to the deer. back yard birds turkey 118 (1 of 1)

I don’t spend as much time watching my feathered friends in the Summer since there are so many other things to do, but, as the Winter approaches they will keep me occupied on many a cold and snowy Winter day. I will enjoy their company but look forward to the return of their smarter relatives who flew south. Here is a link to some more photographs I took this afternoon.http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-birds-october-30-2015back yard birds turkey 141 (1 of 1)

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Robert Lynd

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Backyard Feeders Always Come Through In The Clutch

Didn’t have much time to walk or work on my blog for today. Was looking for something quick and interesting. Looked out my window and, as always, plenty of activity at my bird feeders.  So I just grabbed my camera and sat on my deck and took some quick photos. backyard feeder  12 (1 of 1)

For some reason the goldfinches have not been at my feeders lately and they were replaced by a number of house finches. They were sharing the feeder with some sparrows and a cardinal.

Everything was calm and peaceful until a noisy blue jay showed. This bully  of the bird world scared away the other birds and noisily helped himself to some seeds. Well that is all I got today, but I always enjoy to watch and photograph the birds my yard so I hope you folks do too. Here is a link to some more of the photos I took at my feeder. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-feeder-may-20-2015backyard feeder  2 (1 of 1)

 

“There is a way to touch the angels of the skies: Gaining the trust of birds!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

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Some Color At The Birdfeeder On A Cloudy May Day

We had a drastic change in our weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania today. Cloudy, windy and a whole lot colder. But, in my opinion there is no bad weather in the Spring. Everything is  so green and alive that the weather just doesn’t matter. backyard feeder (1 of 1)

I had a late day at the office and was already getting dark when I got home. I thought  I would have a quiet evening and I might get a few photographs of some birds at my feeders for my blog.  I figured it would probably be some sparrows and maybe a goldfinch or two. I was surprised and delighted to see a backyard feeders 6 (1 of 1)hotographed the indigo bunting he was joined by 

backyard feeders indigo bunting (1 of 1)a cardinal and then a goldfinch. Next two house finches joined them as did a woodpecker and nuthatch.  The colors were so pretty on this cloudy day. Unfortunately, due to the darkness, I couldn’t get any real clear photos  but I still got to enjoy  the colors at my feeders on this cloudy night.

Also something to see, even in your own back yard on a cold and cloudy day if you keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to some more photos I took this evening. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-feeders-may-13-2015

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Raccoon. Not As Unique As Yesterdays Post , But A Lot Cuter.

Had a mixed reaction to my post of the videos of the snapping turtles yesterday. I still think it was an amazing video but some of you folks seem to differ and that okay. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  raccoon 14 (1 of 1)

It was another beautiful day here but I had some chores to do and was going to just post some photos from my walk with my macro lens. I first decided to take a walk in the wood behind my house. I just walked out on my deck and this fellow decided he was going to eat the leftover seed under the feeders.

I threw him some cheese, I think it was the same one who ate the cheese the other day, but he wasn’t interested. He just scooping up the birds seed on the ground.  Was able to get some nice close up. As I always say, you don;t have to go far to find some cool stuff, it’s right there in your backyard if you keep your eyes peeled.  Here is a link to some more photographs of this cute critter. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/mammals-of-pennsylvania/nggallery/mammals-of-pennsylvania/raccoonraccoon 2 (1 of 1)

The Animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.” – Alice Walkerraccoon 22 (1 of 1)

 

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Didn’t Have To Go Far To Find Some More Of Spring’s Beauty.

We are getting an early Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mostly sunny skies, high humidity and temperatures in the mid 80’s. No complaints from me.  I love the heat. railroad hike (13 of 17)

I got home from work a little early to enjoy the nice weather and was delighted  to see a number of beautiful birds in my yard and at the bird feeders. First noticed a red-bellied woodpecker in one of my oak trees, pecking away at the bark trying to get at insects. red-bellied woodpecker (1 of 1)

At the feeder I noticed one of the most beautiful and exotic birds that visits my feeders. I don’t see them every year and I’m hoping the one I saw, an indigo bunting is nesting in the area. It is such a beautiful creature.  He is shown in the heading on this page above. (On you can see more photos of these birds by clicking the red highlighted words. They will take you to the gallery with more photos)

Also saw a cardinal , some downy woodpeckers, sparrows, nuthatches and goldfinches at the feeders.

Spent too cardinal (1 of 1)much time watching the birds so only time for a short hike out my local railroad tracks. One of my favorite places to hike. Been hiking out there since I was in third grade so many memories on those tracks. Loved the clouds floating in the humid sky. The warm weather has the trees and plants bursting forth with new growth., I saw some lady slipper orchids getting ready to set their delicate flowers. My dad called the “duck flowers”  The nesting geese and ducks were in the wetlands, until I scared them away. And also ra n into a snake. I love to photograph snakes but he didn’t stay around for me to get a lot of photographs. Didn’t go far but still so much to see if you keep your eyes peeled. Another great day in Northeastern Pennsylvania.railroad hike snake 2 (1 of 1)

Here is the link to some more photos I took this afternoon. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/railroad-hike-and-backyard-may-8-2015

 

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
— Aristotle

 

 

 

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Some Backyard Visitors.

We got some much needed rain earlier today here  in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Everything is now starting to come  to life, even the oak trees. Goldfinch 8 (1 of 1)

It was a busy day for me and decided to do some yard work when I got home so no time to take my camera out for a hike. But you don’t have to go far to observe the beauty of nature and today  some of it showed up in my back yard  As I worked in my yard the goldfinches came to my thistle feeder. The brightly colored males sure do brighten up a cloudy day. Here is a link to some more photos I took of the goldfinches. They sure are pretty birds.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-goldfinches-may-6-2015Goldfinch 3 (1 of 1)


And, although the turkey flock has dwindled since the Winter, a few hens and and a gobbler showed up for dinner, The gobbler was still strutting and drumming, trying to attract a hen, but I think he is too late this year. I think most of the hens are already tending to their nests by now,  Here is a link to some more photographs of the turkeys. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-turkeys-may-6-2015Turkey 10 (1 of 1)

I can spend hours watching wildlife and I am so lucky I can do it in my back yard.

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

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The Goldfinches Are Back, And Some Other Birds In My Backyard.

The warmer weather we have been having here in Northeastern PA.tufted titmouse 2 (1 of 1)  is bringing back different migratory birds almost everyday. Yesterday the American goldfinches returned to my feeders. I love these brightly colored birds, although they lose their color in the Winter. You can see from some of the photographs I took yesterday,  how they are  molting  and losing their drab Winter feathers and taking on their bright  Spring colors. They feed almost exclusively on thistle seed I provide in one of my feeders.

whitebreasted nuthatch 6 (1 of 1)  The brown-headed cowbirds are at the feeders everyday and waiting to lay one of their eggs in the nest of one of the other unsuspecting birds who share my feeders. Sounds despicable but such is nature.      cowbird 4 (1 of 1)

In addition to the newcomers, the year round residents are sharing the feeders with the newcomers.  Black-capped chickadees,  tufted titmice,  nuthatches,  chipping sparrows, and northern juncos are all fluttering around the feeders from dawn to dusk. And each morning the added voices  of  the new arrivals add to the songs of the birds outside my window.

I added a new page to my blog on which i will posts photographs of the different birds I encounter on my hikes or who show up at my feeders. If you left click the red highlighted words you will be taken to an album with photographs of that bird. Please feel free to ask questions or comment on the photos. turkey (1 of 1)

 

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird . . . So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Richard P. Feynman

 

 

 

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Backyard Critters, Some New And Old Faces.

I am very fortunate to have some type of animals visit my backyard  and bird feeders all year long, even on the most frigid days of  January and February. Deer, squirrels, rabbits, turkey and the birds that remain for the Winter give me much pleasure in the cold and dark months. deer (4 of 5)

But I always look forward to Spring and the return of the birds that flew south and the animals that went into hibernation. The robins are usually the first to return and they arrived late this year. They have been bobbing on my lawn looking for warms, when it wasn’t covered in snow, for about two weeks. now. The bears are back, as evidenced by my missing feeder,  although I haven’t seen one yet.

Today I had another species of bird return, the cowbirds, pictured above. This birds, however are not very welcome. The female cowbird does not build her own nest but parasitizes the nest of other song birds. She lays her an egg in another birds nest and lets that bird feed and raise her offspring. These birds were not native to Pennsylvania but followed the great herds of bison that roamed the midwest. They have moved into our area and now frequent our feeders. It is not their fault they nest as they do so I still welcome them to my feeders. I enjoyed watching them and a newly arrived purple finch at the feeder tonight. purple finch (1 of 1)

The usual visitors were here too, the deer, turkeys, squirrels and many species  of birds.  The next arrivals at the feeders, the songbirds won’t arrive until there is more insect activity and blossoming of the flowers and trees with the warmer weather.  But the next big Spring event, and one of my favorites, will be the chorus of the spring peepers. These tiny frogs fill the spring  evenings with an unforgettable song. I am hoping they will be singing tomorrow. Here is a link to some more visitors to my backyard these past few days.    http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/backyard-critters-april-2-2015squirrel 1 (3 of 34)

 

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
William Shakespeare

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