2/06/2011

Lunch is Ready

Having been away for the better part of the week, during which time there
had also been a significant snowfall, I came home to empty feeders
in need of replenishing.
First step: clearing a bit of snow off the porch...
One of the pleasures of feeding is that the local birds that overwinter get to know you. As soon as I step outside, they magically appear and start chattering away to bring in the rest of the neighbourhood who might have missed the fact that the two legged creature with big, bulky, funny coloured feathers was outside holding goodies in her five pronged claws.

No sooner up, then they're at'em. Shelled nuts for nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, jays...they pretty much all love them.
Kids and peanut butter.
They're reasonably well behaved, and take turns.

'course if you have a wee beak, like a Redpoll, you don't have to wait for any nuts, you can go directly to the finer seed, like nyger.

And there's no waiting particularly, because it sprinkles all over the place.  
The nuthatches eat lots of peanuts..which considering the nut is almost as big as its little head is quite a good trick.
They wait in on line for their turns. 

and keeping an eye on all of the proceedings is PW, waiting on the far side of the tree, not realizing that the bright red cone is a beacon. I see ya!



Black sunflower, nyger, shelled (and often unshelled as well) nuts, finch mix, suet, and water- that'll do it and you too can have a flock of featherbrained friends- who frankly, are often more entertaining than  homo sapiens.

10 comments:

Mary said...

Entertaining is an understatement. Good for decompressing, too. I love this post as much as I adore your red porch!!!!

robin andrea said...

You remind me that I really should put out peanuts for our nuthatches. I've been filling the feeders with a lovely mixture of black-oil sunflower seeds and other smaller seeds, which everyone seems to like. But I think I could make some of our little flock much happier with the addition of peanuts!

jabblog said...

Oh, yes, I relate to this. We get endless hours of entertainment from the birds on our feeders.
Great photos:-)

steviewren said...

I'm drawn to the happy red paint on your porch. The neighborhood birds must love your home.

Kelly said...

Fun post, Susan! My birds recognize me too...I love that. The chickadees seem most in tune and always sound the "dinner's ready" alarm!

p.s. I LOVE the red door on your porch!

Susan said...

The red porch is a favourite place to spend time, and the paint colour is Roasted Red Pepper..which is pretty accurate! Thanks for the compliments, we love it too! It definitely stands out at this time of year, so perhaps it does contribute to the number of birds we have..that and the tons of birdfood I put out all year!

Ruth said...

The red door suits me to a "T" too!! What a wonderful assortment of feeders and birds (envy!)

Jenn Jilks said...

It's good hard work, isn't it?!
I never fed my kids this kind of diversity, but the birds I do!

Dave said...

Wish could get a Redpoll at my feeder this winter

Johnny Nutcase said...

ohh! i love your screened in porch! How lucky, and what a fun backyard feeder set up, great birds! :)