The hummingbirds have showed up so I moved all the flowering potted plants back onto the front porch so I can watch them in the morning. I planted some indigenous flowering plants that they like to feed on too. So far I've only noticed the black headed ones. Hoping some of the ruby throated ones show up again this year too.
Where I'm located must really draw in lots of hummers. According to the chart on the feeders I was using last year I was getting 40 birds a day. I thought that seemed a lot tho I had two feeders with a half dozen at each one most of the day. Definitely the most fun bird to watch for me.
Yesterday we saw Red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals, house finches (I think they want to make a nest on the entry overhang), juncos, robins, doves. And the ever-present white pigeons. The air was alive with music!
April 9, on the bird feeder this morning, Magpie, Junco, E Sparrow, RW Blackbird, House Finch. Saw a large hawk flying over to the East. Could not get a positive ID. Heard a crow. It seems there are usually some crows around, but I don't see them on my bird feeder.
Yesterday mom and pop cardinal were at the feeder. One on each side, looking at me and posing for the pic I could not get! Then all the juncos, they have been feeding at the feeder and the suet. Most of them stay on the ground to clean up the spillage. After all they are primarily ground feeders. Then the bluejay comes. Red capped woodpecker, downy woodpecker and doves visited too.
I have plenty of birds that hang out by the chickens to eat some of the seeds in their feed they don't like. I've spoiled them and no doubt give them too much food or they wouldn't leave some there. Right now it's cardinals and morning doves mainly. There are several smaller type birds which I'm not sure the name of, one I believe is a type of finch tho and they have made a nest in the eaves of the toolshed/chicken coop. I also have lots of hummingbirds that are attracted to the house plants on the front porch. I them positioned to I can watch the birds come feed on the flowers. A week or two back I got to see one male hummer doing his mating ritual which is always fun to watch.
It seems the Juncos have taken off for higher elevations where they nest. On the feeder today a Magpie and a Eurasian Dove. Usually there are some House Sparrows around, but none on the feeder today. A few robin around, but they do not get on the feeder.