A pair of cardinals

When I was a kid I always remember my grandmother feeding the birds.

When she would go into the backyard all the birds would fly all around her it was the most amazing thing.

She always fed them left over cornbread and the birds loved it.

One of her favorite birds was the cardinals. I wish she could see today how many cardinals we have that come here to eat. I know at times there are 10 in these feeders and that is just this side of the yard.

Most of the time they eat in pairs even when I see a group of them they are in pairs.

Cardinals are beautiful birds and they make the most amazing sounds so you know they are near.

Every time I see the cardinals it makes me think of my grandmother.

Enjoy the beauty of nature that is all around it makes each day very special.

Doves

These mourning doves were in the feeders last week.

They are so beautiful I love looking at them.

Most of the times the doves are not easily scared off. They just drop by to eat some seed and then they go on their merry way.

I love it when the wildlife comes to visit.

Like a painting

There is something about woodpeckers that amaze me.

I love their noises and the sound of them pecking into the wood of a tree but I love their colors and the fact they are quite photogenic.

The crepe myrtles are blooming and this adds to the background of this picture it gives it the look of a painting.

The beauty and the sounds of the wildlife accented with the colors of nature makes this a great day.

Sunflowers

I love sunflowers but sometimes the birds plant them in strange places.

This year we had 3 large plants that came up smack dab in the middle of the front flower bed and they were 10 – 12 feet tall.

Once I had enough Jack cut them down and fed them to my brother in laws chickens.

They always face towards the sun which is backwards to where you are looking.

I have no idea what kind these were but they were tall plants but the flowers were tea cup or smaller.

The wildlife always contributes to the landscape in one way or another and we appreciate your contribution.

Looking out

The male cardinal is looking out for the female who was eating.

I often catch the males guarding the females. Around here I think its from the hawks who love easy prey.

I have found most the birds around here like the open feeders.

I have one closed feeder the titmouse, sparrows and woodpeckers like its a house type with plexiglass.

I have 12 bird feeders spread across our yard area which is one acre. I generally feed a few times a week and the rest of the time they are on their own. We have lots of plants and trees that produce bird friendly berries or fruit.

Nature gives us the presence of her beauty and requires so little from us. Appreciate the little things because their beauty is all around us.

Red-winged blackbird

The red – winged blackbirds are most often seen in groups.

I think they are a pretty bird and do not mind them at my bird feeders but they do eat a lot and can clean out a bird feeder really quick.

Often times the males are seen bowing up at each other trying to decide whos the boss.

Natures beauty is always around even during the wintertime.

Brown-Headed Cowbirds

I went outside a little while ago to feed the birds since its getting so cold here.

First to arrive was a group of brown headed cowbirds which are not my favorite because they normally will eat all the seed and leave.

Lucky for the red birds and blue jays there were left overs. I saw the chickadees, and the wrens and even squirly everyone was glad I put out food.

Remember to feed the wildlife this cold weather is hard on them to.

Chickadee

These little chickadees love this new food I ordered from Chewy.

C & S Bluebird Nuggets Wild Bird Food it was a 8# box for $9.77.

I was hoping to attract the bluebirds to eat it but the chickadees love it too. I just filled it back up again this morning.

We currently have 2 feeders in the front yard, 3 on the side, and 4 in the backyard. I mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds for the feeders. It is important to use different types of feeders to attract more kinds of birds.

The joy of watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders brings nature into our backyard and I get to photograph it in return. It is a win-win situation for us all. LIFE IS GOOD!

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