We have been doing *lots* of bird watching lately. Most of our feeders hang right outside of the kitchen window, and since we are in the kitchen most of the time (it seems) we get to enjoy the birds constantly. All of our old friends - the shy cardinal couples & their cute babies, the packs of chatty social chickadees, the finches and wrens and the sparrows are all back at the feeders.
We have been enjoying our hummingbirds this year! There are so many in our garden, and they visit both feeders all day long. They are so accustomed to us that we are allowed to stand right by the feeders and watch them buzz around! Indigo had one graze the top of his head last week in an attempt to get to the feeder first. He loves the birds, and in this picture he is holding the pencil as a "perch" so that one might land right on it.
You have to look closely in this one to see the little finch watching the hummingbird buzz around near the feeder.
Our other favorite Summer time birds are the gold finches. They are so beautiful, and so fun to watch. They eat hanging upside down! Mimi and Grandad gave us a gold finch feeder, but so far the finches have just ignored it. They eat from our many sunflowers, and (to my surprise) they also love the zinnias. Every morning when we go out to feed the hens, we stop by our main flower garden to watch a cloud of gold finches fly up into the trees. Look closely. They blend in with the flowers...