I enjoy feeding birds. I have my bird feeders filled in my backyard for most of the year. I keep the birdbath filled with fresh water. I put stickers on my windows so that the birds wouldn’t fly into them and I do get a lot of different birds coming to my backyard.
Often I’ll see the, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebird, Pine Siskin, Summer Tanager, American Goldfinch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, House Finch, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Mourning Dove, Carolina Wren, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, and more…
Occasionally I’ll also see the, Yellow-throated Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, American Crow, Fish Crow, Blue Jay, Pileated Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Reb-breasted Sapsucker, and others…
But unfortunately, what I have noticed is that I am feeding all of the predators in the area! They come by often. They’ll wait perched on branches in the woods around the feeders and swoop in on the poor unsuspecting birds eating my seeds!!!
I feel terrible when one of them doesn’t make it, but boy am I thrilled when they all manage to get away and the predators are left with nothing!
Here are a few of the bird hunters in my backyard…
I’ll also see the Red-shouldered Hawk and the Osprey (Luckily they are usually more interested in the fish), but the poor birds always have to keep watch whenever they are eating in my backyard.