The days become shorter and cooler. Winter is almost here. I’ve noticed more and more birds come back to visit my feeder, again. This morning, I added some peanuts for the Blue Jays. Mr. Blue Jay made his brunch time announcement. And Mrs. Cardinal flew from the neighbor’s tree in to mine. Her mate and Mr. Finch followed her. After all the birds enjoyed their meals, they sat in the tree in rested for a bit. A full birdie tummy feels good in this roller coaster weather.
Our little chickadees visit our garden since mid November. They are here for a couple of days. Then I don’t hear and see them for several days, before they come back and visit our feeder again. Today the chickadees noticed, that I put up a feeder with sunflower and safflower seeds. It’s a special blend for the cardinals and their friends. The chickadees were very happy and stayed in the yard for quite some time. As a reward, they were singing their sweet little songs.
Due to the cooler weather, I refilled the bird feeders earlier today. Guess who was my first guest telling all the birds, there is food for everyone? Yep, it was Mr. Cardinal. After he ate a few sunflower seeds, he invited the Blue Jays, the House Sparrows, the Dark-eyed Juncos, the Mourning Doves and the White-winged Doves over for lunch.
The last couple of mornings, I’ve noticed a familiar sound in my trees: “Chickadee-dee-dee! Chickadee-dee-dee!” That’s right. It’s this time of the year, when the Chickadee couple visits my feeder. They will probably stick around until early Spring, again. Cute, little birds!
This afternoon I took a little photo walk through Bill Allen Memorial Park. I wanted to see, how far the foliage has already turned in the park. And I have to say, the trees are much further in to the season, than the trees are on our street. Some trees show lots of gold and red. Some trees hang on to the few leaves, they have left on their branches.
Since there are not as many leaves on the trees anymore, it is much easier to see the wildlife. A squirrel finds a nut on the ground, hops on the trunk, runs up the tree and stores it in its home for Winter; a variety of birds feast on the ripe berries on the trees and shrubs, while others sing their songs of Autumn in the meantime.
When the wind blew, the foliage “rained” down and danced on the ground. The sun peeked out of the clouds, and some butterflies flew to the few asters left between the grass. They all enjoyed this beautiful Autumn afternoon at the park.
At this morning I re-filled the bird feeders, again. Since the blue jays and Mr. Squirrel love peanuts, I always put some in the slinky feeder. Well, it didn’t take long until one of the blue jays landed on top of the dog house to see, how it can get one of those peanuts out of the slinky. Seconds later the jay jumped up, pulled a peanut out and flew with it to higher grounds. He/She had to work a little bit, before it could get that peanut. The shelled nut didn’t come out of the slinky so easily. But since blue jays love challenges, it seemed to be a ‘fun game’ for the bird.
As beautiful and handsome Mr. Cardinal is, he also is a bully! I watched him before, and this morning I watched him, again. The plate and space can’t be big enough, but he still has to peck on Mr. Sparrow. “It’s all mine! Go away, Sparrow”, Mr. Cardinal insisted by pecking and flying all over the other bird. Mr. Sparrow had enough and flew up in the tree. But the ladies didn’t take Mr. Cardinal’s bullying lightly, and flew down one after the other to the feeder. Yeah, he didn’t like the fact that five female house sparrows stood up against him. So, he flew off himself.