Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Daily Visitors

It was November 23rd when I noticed the first bird in my backyard. It was a Mockingbird enjoying a dip in the fountain that was filled with rainwater in my barren backyard. I was so excited that I immediately hung up several bird feeders and got busy adding plants to the backyard.

A short 2 1/2 months later and guess what? We've had a total of 15 different varieties of birds show up in our garden. How exciting!

Here's Mr. Cardinal taking cover beneath my neighbor's vine which hovers over my fence. I had the birdfeeder in the middle of the yard for 2 weeks without attracting any birds. Once I moved it next to this fence and vine, he showed up within an hour.

Here's the birds we've seen:

1 - Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal
2 - Gray catbird
3 - Brown thrasher
4 - White heron
5 - Red Shouldered hawk
6 - Ruby-throated hummingbird
7 - Northern Mockingbird
8 - White ibis
9 - Blue jay
10- Mr. and Mrs. Mourning dove
11- Carolina chickadees
12- Titmice
13- Carolina wren
14- Red-bellied woodpecker
15- Pileated woodpecker

It's amazing how quickly they show up when there there's food and some cover. We've placed some nesting material around the backyard and hung out a few nesting boxes in the hope of having some baby birds in the spring!!!! 


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, you've quite the collection of bird visitors. I just looked up grey catbird, and I've had one hanging out at my bird bath lately. I was wondering what it is and you gave me the answer. I should add at least one bird feeder to the area, for more activity. :-) There's a hedge all around.

Hope you see some babies come spring. We watched two dove babies grow right from our living room window one year. It was fantastic.

Happy Valentine's week ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

I love it! And I bet your garden is full of nature's music too. I don't think there's any better way to start the day than to that of a chorus of birds.

Susan said...

Hi Lorraine - Glad you've got a catbird in your yard, too. I just love seeing birds and activity in my backyard. Have a sweet valentine's day!

Hi Eli - Yes, I love the the bird sounds. It's just the icing on the cake!

daisy g said...

How wonderful to have so many feathered friends come to see you! Yesterday there was some sort of bird of prey in our tree right near the bird feeder. I think it was looking for the cardinal pair that hang out there. I admire your knowledge of bird species. Enjoy them all!

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