Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

Come wander in; my gate is always open! Gardening / Birding

Welcoming Our Backyard Birds April 23, 2010

Filed under: Backyard,Birding,Feeding Birds,Minnesota Birds — Paula B @ 10:10 AM
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We sure have had fun welcoming our annual feathered friends. We keep safflower and suet in our feeders all year long and put our thistle seed out in the spring for the finches.

The juncos have moved on until next winter. We’ve seen the return of the gold finches, swallows and robins. And although our feeders are out for the hummingbirds and the orioles – we haven’t seen either yet. But it’s still early. I just thought maybe they would come back early since we’ve had such beautiful, warmish weather!

The swallows have been hanging out around the house we put up for them last year, but I have yet to see any nest building going on. I put out some dryer lint and some string for them to use. They are quite comical when they are trying to get something big into that little opening. Last year, we watched the mother swallow for 2 days while she tried her best to get a very large, synthetic feather into the house. I don’t know where she found it.

The robins already have eggs in their nest and so do the blackbirds. 😦 We really don’t like these and try our best to be rid of them – they are just bullies! They are attracted to our tall pine trees and my husband devised this very LONG stick he uses to poke their nesting materials out.  If that doesn’t keep them out, he throws a baseball up into the trees and eventually they get the message. Oh, our neighbors must think we’re pretty funny. Is that funny as in peculiar or funny as in ha ha?

We are lucky to have 3-4 species of woodpeckers visiting our feeders at any given time – downy, hairy, red-bellied, and red-headed. The latter is really a cool looking, large bird compared to the others with a bright reddish-orange head. He doesn’t stay long, just long enough to grab a piece of suet. The hairy and downy woodpeckers have been around our yard for years and are quite comfortable with us milling around.

It takes a little bit of time and feeding to get birds to come around and stay year after year. But if you plant a garden with flowers, trees and shrubs – they will come. Have fun!

P.S. I talk SO much about my hubby, I thought I’d include his mug so you can put a face to my references. He’s the most handy guy and loves puttering in the yard as much as I do.

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