It’s for the Birds…a buffet of sorts

It’s for the Birds!  Our bird feeder buffet has afforded us an up close and personal birding experience.  Most days the feeders are overrun by the birds and then other days barely a handful of visitors.  We live in an area that is in the migratory path of a large number of native american birds.  Also, our area claims to be home to the largest concentration of bird species in America. 

Bird Feeder Buffet!

The extreme drought conditions we have experienced this past 18 months has left the natural bird buffet a little on the light side.  I would venture to say that some areas have lost as many as 1/3 of their trees.   The most affected trees are the pines. 

Bird Feeder Buffet!

We have enjoyed many visitors to the feeders; Blue Jays, Cardinals, Sparrows, Finch, Northeastern Blue birds and Hummingbirds…  This year we have seen the same variety of visitors but the sheer quantity has been overwhelming. 

We are filling the feeders once a week!! We must be serving up a pretty tasty buffet…or we are the only restaurant in town.

Even the pesky adorable little squirrels are enjoying the free buffet..which has caused us to remove the feeders from the trees and hang them from the rain-gutters on the house. 

I am none too worried about the squirrels getting enough to eat…our little piece of heaven on earth has more than a handful of live oaks dropping acorns for their enjoyment.  Should they over indulge wipe out our acorn buffet there are dozens of oaks in the surrounding woods.

Do you feed the birds?  What bird species visit your feeders? 

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9 responses to “It’s for the Birds…a buffet of sorts

  1. What beautiful birds! We have a lot of birds in our neighborhood; mocking birds, sparrows, hummers, and not too many blue birds. I might hang a humming bird feeder this spring. I’ve seen a pigeon here and there and I don’t want to attract them!

  2. I don’t have a bird feeder but I should because I love your photos.

    • The birds offer a bit of entertainment while folding the clothes or enjoying my morning coffee..not to mention they have been blog inspiration on occaision.

  3. We don’t feed the birds here, but we did in NC, NJ, VA, and MD. It really helps them when the temps are cooler.

    We also filled the bird baths for them twice a day for most of the year.

    In MD, our island had no squirrels to share the buffet bounty . . . but we had several raccoons stopping by.

  4. I love the bird pics! A nice quail family lives next door, but we don’t feed the birds because there are too many pigeons in the area. I’d rather not have them hanging around here.

  5. We get lots of cardinals and yellow/peach finches in the summer – and I feed for them. The squirrels enjoy it, too. MJ

  6. Terrific shots all. Lovely!

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