While contemplating the arrival of a much-anticipated Spring gardening and birding season, I started looking thru pictures of my yard and gardens from the last couple years. All of this made me realize what a bad case of Cabin Fever I have. The Cure? No more snow, warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine!
Besides bird watching, my favorite activity is gardening. Many different species of birds are attracted to a wide variety of flowers, as well as trees and shrubs, not only for food but for nesting and protection from the elements and other wildlife. As odd as it may sound, I’m eagerly looking forward to the day when I can get outside, clean up the yard and gardens, and see the harsh effects of a long winter vanish. I’ve already begun leafing thru seed catalogs, planning my vegetable garden, and deciding which new flowers to incorporate into my gardens this year. My yard consists of gardens filled with an abundance of trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, a small pond with a waterfall (great for attracting birds and other wildlife), as well as various garden decor and sculptures throughout. Continue reading Dreaming of Spring Bird Arrivals, Gardening and Nature Walks…
For those of you who live in the Buffalo NY area, the Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a Birdhouse Building Seminar today (Saturday, March 4, 2017) at 2 pm. Building your wren nesting box will take place at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. Registration is required, simply call 716-683-5959 or go to www.dec.ny.gov for more information.
We had a lot of activity at our bird feeders today. While watching the Goldfinches, we got a little surprise when a squirrel so calmly snuck up, grabbed a little snack and disappeared as quickly as he came. Check out my other bird videos on YouTube at Backyard Birdlady. Please subscribe and share. Thanks for stopping by!
Recently I started getting our birdhouses ready for the Spring nesting season, and not a minute too soon! With the nice weather we’ve been having here in the Northeast, the birds have already started to scout out and select their homes.
In just the last couple days, I’ve witnessed multiple Sparrows eagerly exploring 5 of our 14 birdhouses. It’s fun to watch them explore different houses… They usually sit atop of them and ponder whether or not this might be the one. Next, they may enter the house and try out the fit. If the house is clean and big enough for their nesting requirements, it has been my experience, that once they have chosen their home-tweet-home, they proceed to sit on top of it and proudly sing their little hearts out. They don’t seem to venture far from their chosen house for too long, so as to not let another bird steal it from them. Continue reading Bird House Selection Has Already Begun In Our Yard And It’s Only February!
Extremely rare Purple Eagle spotted in Lewiston, NY tonight! Only one Purple Eagle is known to be in existence. The Purple Eagle towers at approximately 7 feet tall and frequents Niagara University sporting events. With it’s large beak, it is capable of eating hamburgers and french fries in a single bite. When it gets excited, it jumps around and dances to what’s referred to as “the victory dance”. If you too would like to see the extremely rare Purple Eagle, visit purpleeagles.com #niagarauniversity #menshockey #gopurpleeagles #lewistonny
Even though it’s the middle of February and you may still have snow on the ground (like me), it’s not too early to start getting prepared for the Spring birding season. Whether you’re new to backyard birding, or a seasoned birder, here are some tips I think you might find helpful.
(1) Set up a new bird feeder (or two or three)- this will begin to attract birds to your yard. The birds you see at your feeder(s) just might nest in your yard come Springtime. I use multiple feeders with a variety of foods to entice as many birds as possible. I will talk about types of bird feeders and bird foods in an upcoming post. Continue reading Get Ready For Spring Birding Season
Welcome to my new blog, Backyard Bird Lady! While I’m new to blogging, I’m not new to backyard birding. I have been feeding, sheltering and watching my feathered friends for 15 years now. My hope is to share my tips and what I’ve learned over the years and hopefully encourage you to get involved in backyard bird watching.
If you’re new to backyard birding, or if you just like to watch these little beauties in your yard, then I hope you will find my site of interest, and even educational. This will be a great birding site to share with all your friends.
Over time, some of the things you can expect to see here are:
Tips on attracting birds to your yard and keeping them there
Common backyard birds
Bird identification; facts and photos
Bird house plans
Gardening for the birds
Dealing with predators (cats, squirrels, racoons and other birds)
Updates, photos and videos of our backyard birds and their young
Feeding the birds in winter
Kids Corner: Word Searches, Crossword Puzzles, Name that Bird and more
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