The Dead Tree And Me

q8~We’re re-landscaping the backyard. It’s gone to rack-and-ruin due to the Hubs accident and the dog digging it up looking for the gopher. The one item I will get a little weepy over is my dead, dwarf peach tree. I love this tree! All of my bird feeders hang from the tree. At any given time I can see at least 4 different species of visitors since there aren’t any leaves to hid them. Yesterday, at one time, I saw House Finch, Lesser-Green-Backed Goldfinch, Anna’s Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, and California Towhee. The new tree to replace it is a Palo Verde which has tiny little leaves so, hopefully, I’ll be able to easily see my little feathered friends.  Here are some of the easy-to-see-birds on my tree. Dead tree? Really? These are just a tiny fraction, not even the tip of the iceberg, of the birds visiting my favorite tree. For some reason, I’ve “lost” some of my favorite pics.

Bushtit

Bushtit

Anna's and Bushtit- I was aiming for Bushtit when Anna got in the pic

Anna’s and Bushtit- I was aiming for Bushtit when Anna appeared

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Female Hooded Oriole - Summer Visitor

Female Hooded Oriole – Summer Visitor

Male House Finch

Male House Finch

House Finch feeding baby

House Finch feeding baby

California Towhee kept moving

California Towhee kept moving

Lesser Green-backed Goldfinch male

Lesser Green-backed Goldfinch male

Lovely shadows on fence

Lovely shadows on fence

All photos were taken with my Canon Rebel.

Take That Birds!

q8~We are bird watchers who love to feed the birds around our homes. A lot of the plants at my home were planted to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The various birds have a choice of oiled sunflower seed, a bird seed mix, and thistle. When I first put out the thistle the yellow-rumped warblers were all over it, but then the bully Lesser Green-backed Goldfinch moved in and took over. Every morning, a California Towhee is chipping at me out on the patio . This is the most curious bird, when I left the patio door open once, the bird hopped into the house, looked around, and hopped out. As I type this blog, the computer faces out onto the patio and I can see the reflection of my towhee hopping around.

When visiting Darcey in Texas, I purchased some Southwest, wildflower seed mixture at the Wildseed Farm in Fredericksburg. What a fun store! Anyway. I know it’s late in the season, but I just got around to planting the seeds. Knowing that they get handouts, I figured the birds would eat the seed so it was time to get inventive. I took a black, plant flat that I got from the Cuyamaca Community College Nursery and turned it upside down over the area the seeds were planted in. Success! With the holes its easy to water and the sunlight gets through. The flat is too high for the birds to fit their beaks into believe me, the towhee tried. I check on the progress of the seedlings every day, they’ve sprouted and are looking great.

Seed Cover

Seed Cover

Towhee jumping around trying to get to seeds

Towhee jumping around trying to get to seeds

Sprouting Seedlings

Sprouting Seedlings


And, does anyone know how to get rid of pesky crows? The crows moved in a few years ago and scare off the other birds.