I love attracting and watching the birds in our yard. The most active time is in early spring as the migratory process is underway. My yard has lots of open space and transition areas nearby. We have mixed forest of both dry lands and swamp. We also have a large planting of fairly mature pine trees on our 130-140 acre family homeplace.
I have always been amazed at the numbers and species of wild birds that frequent here. Probably is related to the variety of growth that is adjacent to the home site.
We frequently see about half a dozen kind of wood peckers, from the large pileated, and large red headed, but also including flickers, downy, hairly and red bellied. We have morning doves, whip or wills and nighthawks. Even think that I saw a pair of cukoo's one time, but never sighted them again. We have a variety of owls but rarely see them. Have a variety of hawks including the red tailed and others, plus an occasional osprey. Most years we have nesting crested fly catchers, purple martins overfly but don't nest here, we have about a dozen chimney swifts to nest in the chimney each year. Are visited by dozens or hundreds of goldfinches each year. We frequently see chickadees, tufted titmouse, and various nuthatches. There is always at least one pair of nesting eastern blue birds. See lots of robins, thrush, thrashers, mockingbirds, catbirds, and waxwings. Have nesting wrens and sparrows of varous kinds. Also have many of those non descript tan, yellow, and grey warblers such as Lawrence's warbler, so difficult to identify. We have cowbirds and various blackbirds, blue jays, nesting summer tanager, and an occasional orchard oriole. Always are lots of cardinals and indigo buntings. Have often spotted towhees and slate colored junco. We have regular visits from crows, but they don't seem to do any damage. Have regular overflights of herons, wood ducks, and mallards. This list does not include the multitude of nondescript small song birds that constantly chatter among the large oak trees, nor the many other unidentified birds that fill our yard with activity. IMO is a bird watcher's paradise and something to anticipate every spring.
Most every evening, no matter how warm the temperture, the wife and I generally sit on the deck for a while and survey the yard and flowers, and listen to and watch the bird activity of the early evening.
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