Yep, right here in my back yard in the middle of suburbia, we have a sort of wildlife sanctuary, and neighborhood birds and animals visit every day. Now, we don’t get much that’s really exotic, though neighbors have seen a coyote, raccoons, and even a black bear. Our furry and feathered friends seem to like our bird feeders, and the droppings under the feeders, left by the very messy birds.
That’s one of our red-breasted nuthatches. We have at least two pairs who visit.
The squirrels use the back fence as their superhighway, and they do clean up the fallen birdseed under the seed feeder. They bury nuts in the soil in the yard, because I see little holes in the late fall when they dig them up. That doesn’t bother me, since it helps aerate the soil, which was never very good in the first place.
Here’s our varied thrush, and my favorite Townsend’s warbler. The warbler used to only come around in the winter, but now we see him year-round, which is a real treat.
Finally, here’s our Red-shafted Flicker. That suet feeder was just made for him!
One good tern deserves another…and another…and another! I spotted this mixed flock of terns and skimmers on the beach at Cape May, New Jersey, in October of 2012. Five days later, Superstorm Sandy hit. This day, however was warm (in the 70s), and we had a pleasant walk on the nearly-deserted beach.
Here’s the link to Terri’s original post.
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Lovely shots of all your birds! The yellow warbler is so colorful against the snow! In Sacramento, our fence was also a superhighway (which made me giggle when I read yours)…our dog Brodie lost his mind several times a day trying to get to them.
I love these photos. It reminds me of my teenage years growing up in Florida. Good times.
I should probably mention it was the last photo that reminds me of Florida. The rest remind me of here last year.
Love your beautiful bird photos! We, too have a wildlife sancutuary here in our suburbs. Hubby saw a gorgeous red fox last week in a neighbor’s yard 🙂