Crow, sparrow, chickadee, and maybe the woodpecker are the only same birds that we have around here. We used to have a bird feeder and had a bunch of different birds coming by, I too like seeing them all. My favourites were the Bush Tits
That's cool, dude. My dad and brother love birds - I had no idea until only a few years ago. Personally, I don't give a crap about birds, but it was weird to find out they had been looking at birds together without me.
LOL at the Christmas Chuck. Glad he's doing ok, he looks great.
I like birds but I don't like them in the house. They make a mess. Plus, birds just belong outside. I should try and get some pics of the feral parrots in my neighborhood. They blend in really well with the trees, because they are green, so you mostly hear them rather than see them.
If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't. But, she's happy. She follows us around when we can let her out. She would sit in the Christmas tree for hours cooing away on the days we let her. Real personality. More than I would have thought. She responds when you talk to her. She seems happy overall.
And I love when the pheasant mommies come out and their babies are running along following. So CUTE! Some guy built a bunch of big statues along the enchanted highway near here. One of them is a pheasant family.
As a kid we always had a 'tidings of magpies' that would hang out near the garden. I guess they can be a nuisance but I thought they were beautiful.
ETA: Cute video but the real question that remains is, can Casey balance Chuck on her head?
"Ta Friggin da"
This message has been edited by BiderSpite on Dec 30, 2011 3:20 PM
I was actually thinking yesterday that I need to set up a feeder in my current house. I have a great wrought-iron stand in my storage area thats just begging for a feeder.
In my last house, I set up a few bird feeders. Some of my favorite birds were the nuthatches and downy woodpeckers. Just the way the birds move and bounce around weightlessly on vertical tree trunks is cool. My theory is that keeping a constant supply of suet is key to getting them to establish a nest in your area.
This is so neat! Great post, Caps. We are bird feeder owners and watch the birds here too. Really, they are the best signal of the changing of season in San Diego as weather really doesn't do it for us.
We have purple and yellow finches, red hawks, kites (white hawks), dozens of kinds of hummingbirds, once in awhile a blue jay or a cardinal (rare), ground and california sparrow/wren types. And of course the crows.
Ever since I watched the PBS special Murder of Crows I have so much more appreciation and respect for them.
we also have the typical sea gulls and morning doves. I can whistle through my hands and create the same sound that the morning doves make. We call back and forth to each other. It's cool
ETA: OMG I totally have to take a picture when it is light out of the handmade bird feeder SO-BOO made out of a gourd and hung from our balcony upstairs. It totally looks like a penis!
This message has been edited by AnnyBoo on Dec 30, 2011 10:00 PM
I saw that same special about crows. I love them. My old timer neightbor puts cat food out for them and calls to them. He and his wife have no pets. One day, I was over in his yard with Casey and I noticed some kibble on the ground. Here's how that coversation went:
Me: I noticed Casey sniffing around some kibble in your yard
Mr. Oldtimer: Oh that's cat food I put out for my friends.
Me: Huh. Your Friends?
Mr. Oldtimer: The crows. I put the food out and call to them. And they call back. I like to think we talk to each other but they're probably just talking to each other saying, 'Hey look, that old fart's putting out cat food again'.
I've heard him calling to the crows some mornings. He's almost got it. But there's a human quality to it.
In my part of the world, the crows are huge raventypes. They are loud and so very annoying until one day I saw them do something that made me look at them in a totally different way.
Once upon a time...
I was at my kitchen sink washing the dishes. The kidlets were being kidlets. It was raining so it was a damp cold day outside. While washing the dishes, I see a dead mouse/rat/rodent on the path and I say to myself, jeeze, I'd best pick that up before the kids go out. I"m totally weirded out by dead things so this was an issue for me although I knew I needed to do it.
All of a sudden a giant fricken raven crow landed, poked around, scouped that dead thing up and flew away with it.
I was very grateful for that bird.
My Mum has a stellar bird feeder. It's now in the garage 'cause she was tired of fighting with the squirrels. Back in the day, she did have some lovely birds visit. The cardinal pair and the blue jays were the best.
We have lots of birds in our back yard too but I haven't identified them. At the old house, I was out walking and saw a pretty bird I never saw before. I thought it was some rare bird and was so excited I came home and googled it. Red winged black bird, one of the most common birds in our area! Don't know how I misses it all those years !