Have you ever taken something for granted? It turns out that I really didn't appreciate all the birds that frequented the yard where we used to live. Our neighbor there had been feeding the birds for decades, and I could count on picking up my camera during any time of the day and be able to at least point it at a house sparrow.
Fast forward to our new house, and things have been a little different. I've had my sunflower seed feeder hanging for quite some time, and during middle fall, it did get some heavy use. Mostly from white breasted nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, and even a red bellied woodpecker. Lately, however, it seems those birds have abanonded our neighborhood altogether and I'm not sure why. I certainly miss them, so I decided to do something about it.
Perhaps I could attract other ground feeding birds to our yard by casting seed about? That is what my neighbor Marvin did every day, and it really brought in the birds. So I bought some seed two weeks ago, and started putting it out throughout the yard. A few piles below the feeders, a few piles on the top of fence posts, a little bit scattered around our large bur oak tree, and finally, a dash of seed on our deck.
The squirrels found the seed quickly- but would the birds come? Well, it only took about three days, and I had juncos coming to the seed. Unfortunately for me, I work during the daylight hours, so I hadn't been able to get any images of birds. Last year at this time, I was taking tons of bird photos, and I have really missed photographing our feathered friends.
Finally, this afternoon, I had an opportunity to point the camera at several juncos who have now found the seed piles and have told their friends.
I can't wait to have some more free time to get good shots of these birds. Sun will help, and so will my tripod. I didn't have time to set it up this afternoon. And I probably won't be getting any more shots this weekend- we'll be have guests from NE. Ohio, New York City, and Maine visiting us.
Tomorrow we're having Megan's graduation party. Finally, this weekend, she'll officially be hooded and receive her PhD from The Ohio State University. I'm proud of her, and now, we can claim that we have a doctor in the family!
Enjoy the weekend,