The last two weeks have shown us a beauty of nature that we rarely see.
Lovely little American Goldfinchs gather on and under our bird feeders in our back yard. The red house finch is in the middle of this little flock.
Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath. We normally don’t have them at our feeders or in the fields until late spring, early summer so this is a real treat.
At one time this week I counted over thirty on the ground under feeders eating up the sunflower seed that had been picked out of the feeders.
I love watching all the birds from my kitchen window. We have finches, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, long-tailed blackbirds and several mourning doves every morning.
Since they’ve arrived so early I’m hoping with all my heart that spring is truly just around the corner.
One of 27 of my hens that heads straight for the bird feeders as soon as the hen-house door is opened.
Part of the bird feeding station.
I love feeding the wild birds in our back yard during the winter. There’s just so many species that flock to the feeders all during the day including my chickens!
I have 10 feeders in the back yard and the wild birds depend on me during the winter months when they can’t find seeds and other food. I use black oil sunflowers that we raise in our garden, wild bird feed from our local farm supply store, and saved grease from my kitchen which I save in foil pans and stick in the freezer all year round. We also dry any leftover sweet corn from the garden. I pick it, shuck it and air dry it in our grainery and then place in mesh bags which are stored in lidded trash cans until feeding time. I put the corn on a squirrel feeder and the birds and squirrels love it. We had such an abundance of corn leftover after freezing for ourselves and sharing with our family, friends and neighbors. I hate waste and the birds love it and so do my rabbits.
Sweet corn dried from the garden and now feeds the birds and squirrels. They love it!
Another feeder in the back yard.
The wild birds scratch it out on the ground which the ground feeders love and so do the chickens! The bucket holds walnuts that I gathered in the fall, dried and de-hulled for the squirrels. The bluejay like them too. The metal feeder, box feeder w/gallon jar and the gourd feeder are all handmade. At the back-end of the station is another handmade feeder with four sections which the wrens prefer over the others.
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