Birds in the Garden

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Comment by CathyV on June 14, 2010 at 9:25am
Cedar Waxwings ARE quite beautiful. How wonderful to have a pair nesting in your yard. Welcome to the group, enjoy!
Comment by Susan Scimeca on June 14, 2010 at 9:18am
Hi all, I'm new here and found your group to be "my cup of tea" so to speak. I love birds, always have as my Dad (a old time birder) taught me early on in my life how to recognize and identify them, and I am now a member of the Will County Audubon Society. Its good to find like mined friends here. :-)
My husband and I spend a lot of time sitting on our patio and watching all the bird activity at our many feeders. We have most of the common varietys here in our part of the country, as well as a few new ones now and then.
I was quite suprized to discover, one day, that we had a new visitor to our yard who liked it well enough to build a nest and raise a family...a pair of Cedar Waxwings.
I would never have known they were there except for the fact that I caught a quick glimpse of a bird flying into the top of our tree that had a rather broad, blunt tail that was banded at the bottom in a light color. It Perked my curiousity and powers of observation.
Then I got another glimpse in profile and I really got excited. It had a Crest!!
Wasn't a -red- bird either. Checked the tree out and way up high in the fork hidden in the dense leaves, was a medium sized nest, about the size of a robins but not quite so neat. The binoculars finally confirmed what I knew was there and I got to see him in the flesh, very clearly.
I would never have known they were there as they are quiet birds with little song but a faint "buzz" or "buzzing". They do not come to the feeder nor search for seeds on the ground or even come to our birdbath.
I just wish I could see into the nest or at least have a better view lower down. All I can do is observe from a far...:-(
But I am truly excited to find this rather rare (to me) bird nesting in our backyard...whoppeeeeeee!!!! :-)
Anyway, thanks for listening. Its nice to find a group of people who I can share my story with. :-)
Comment by CathyV on June 14, 2010 at 12:06am
Guess I have some catching up to do...
Welcome to the backyard birders group Lisa! I enjoyed your story about the wrens; they are such sweet little birds. It is always a pleasure to meet new birders and see what is visiting their yards.
I look forward to seeing your postings.
Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on June 13, 2010 at 9:44pm
Rich. I get so excited when more people join our group! I love every minute of it and all our new freinds. Glad there are so many others who enjoy birding too!
Comment by Rich Pugh (ZN9 E. Coastal Fla.) on June 13, 2010 at 8:38pm
I can't agree or relate more to the last few posts. I'm with Gail in that this is all new to me as well. My kids call the 'bird geek'. Glad to have you all for friends and the opportunity to lean about my new passion.
Look at that, Bonnie.... almost 400 members!
Comment by Paulette Griffith on June 13, 2010 at 7:47pm
Nice story Lisa, and welcome. I thoroughly enjoy hearing from all of you and learning about the birds that come to visit in your yards. It's nice we are all in different parts of the country and can share out mutual interests.
Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on June 13, 2010 at 6:28pm
Welcome Lisa, nice story about your wrens! You can learn alot of neat things on the club. great to have you here!!
Comment by Gail Freiherr Zn 7 TN on June 13, 2010 at 5:16pm
Lisa...thanks for sharing your experience. This is my first year watching & photographing birds and I have learned so much from being a member of this group.
Comment by Lisa Gibson on June 13, 2010 at 4:30pm
Hello all,
This is my first post on the bird loop, but I read everyone else's posts with interest. Yesterday evening something happened, new to me, that I wanted to share with other backyard bird lovers.
I have a large spider plant on my patio and a pair of wrens have made a nice nest deep in its middle. The five babies hatched two days ago. I can watch them from my office window, where I am sitting right now but last evening I was sitting in one of my patio rockers having a cool glass of white Zin when it happened. I was only about six feet away from th nest, being very still, when the mother wren showed up with a bite of food. She sat on the drain pipe for a moment watching me, then entered the nest. It was very still and quiet and I heard her talking to the young. It was this soft little trill, "Wake up someone, mama's here with food." It was so soft and so beautiful. It only lasted a second or two then she left the nest and went back to foraging. I have had wrens nest in my baskets for years, but this is a new house and the furniture is closer to the hangers. I have never been close enough to hear such a sweet sound and wanted to share.
It was certainly nicer than the buzz saw sounds I get when one of the cats or dogs walks around the corner!
Comment by Judith Kennedy Arthur Zn 7, AL on June 12, 2010 at 8:08pm
Whatever works is what we should all do. I have never used the sock feeders, but will give it a try next year. They come here in January and empty the tube feeder every other day. They leave about 1 April. We have two pair here right now. That is all. They seem happy, but haven't gone near the finch feeder this time around...just the sunflower seeds.

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