The Birds

The ones who visit your yard and feeders, not the movie by Alfred Hitchcock or novel by Dame Daphne du Maurier, are interesting, entertaining and educational to watch.

I admit, my first interest in birds came about as a way to provide stimulation for my indoor-only cats.  I enjoy watching my cats stalk and talk to the birds as they perch atop a condo or run from window to window.

It’s amazing how many different birds visit our yard and how a bird can tell just the right time of day the mealworms will be replenished.

An old Boy Scouts fundraiser birdhouse, mounted on a metal pole, weathered and chewed on by squirrels, housed a Great Crested Flycatcher family this year.  I have had more residents in this house than any others.

Three babies looking out while Mom or Dad watched from a nearby Lob-lolly pine.

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Bluebirds love mealworms.

In South Carolina, a house cannot be a home without the Carolina Wren.  They will build a nest anywhere.  And don’t leave your garage door open for any length of time, unless you want them to build a nest in your garage.

We have Cardinals, Black Capped Chickadees, Towhees, Warblers, Downy, Hairy and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, and dozens more.  Blue Jays are beautiful, just not my favorite because they scream like a hawk and chase all the other birds away.

DSC_0283 Downy woodpecker.

If you love the birds but hate the squirrels, there are variations of bird seed, safflower for one, that squirrels hate.  You can also purchase suet and other seeds infused with hot pepper.  Yowzah!  It doesn’t bother the birds but those pesky squirrels will go bother someone else.

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