5 years ago when I bought my house I added a simple bird feeder on the side of my yard. Hung from a low branch, it lasted about 20 minutes before the squirrels tore it apart. I learned from that and bought a better feeder. It lasted a week. I’ve learned from the 3 or 4 other feeders I bought after that and sure enough landed on a couple that the squirrels couldn’t seem to penetrate. After that, I included a bird bath and a stone bench. My little bird sanctuary was born.
My neighborhood is littered with American Robins, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Sparrows. Those birds I knew my whole life – but it was the other birds that began to visit the feeders, the juncos, warblers, cowbirds, nut hatches, creepers, titmouse, baltimore oriles and even the grackles that got my attention. I could not believe how many different birds there are!
I continued to log all the birds, even buying a bird book to identify the ones I’d never seen before. The more I learned the more I enjoyed watching and seeking out all the different perching birds and water fowl that MA has to offer. This being winter, a lot of the feathered friends are elsewhere – but a whole new flock are hanging out. In this post are some of the birds I’ve seen recently and below is the list of birds I spotted during the Big Backyard Bird Count:
Double Crested Cormamont
Red Breasted Merganser
Great backed gull
Ring billed gull
American black duck
Dark eyed Junco
More pics will follow and more birds too.