Well, so far I’ve seen about 35 different species of bird from my deck… that comes to about a bird a day, since I’ve only lived here a month. I have a few feeders out and it’s been great getting to know the cast of characters outside my window. Above, A Scrub Jay who is a regular to my suet feeder. He’s since been replaced by a bunch of fuzzy, grey-headed, fledglings who have decided my deck is their playground.
I’m not saying that the Pine Siskins are all attitude though. The one above demonstrates remarkable grace as it surveys the thistle feeder, and the one in the video below… well I don’t think it’s old enough to know any better. It sure was a wonderful moment!
Speaking of birds I can’t shake… Band-tailed Pigeons are BIG, beautiful, travel in numbers, voracious, and very afraid of me. That doesn’t keep them from emptying my feeders in one sitting. Here they gather on the line outside my kitchen… biding their time. A young bird lands amongst the adults to learn the ropes.
The competition is fierce. If you can’t find a place to land, improvise. They sit on the feeder growling at each other and slapping each other with their wings as they jockey for position. The video below shows what a Band-tail invasion looks like. When they take off the house actually shakes.
Unfortunately there is a window strike near the end of the clip. I tracked that bird into a nearby tree and it returned to keep feeding. I put most of the feeders near the window and it seems to keep the birds from building up too much speed lest they decide the window is their best escape route. So far a few stunned birds but no immediate casualties.