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Bird watching

A couple of weeks ago I finally moved the bird feeder pole from the back yard to the front, where it's visible from the breakfast bar in the kitchen. Now I can sit in my lovely new kitchen with the wonderful stone countertop, and watch the birds.

It took a week before they seemed to find the feeder, and last weekend the visitors were mostly Carolina chickadees, with a Carolina wren and a tufted titmouse for variety. But now everyone seems to know where the feeder is, and I'm digging for the binoculars and the Sibley (bird book) with great regularity. I've never been much more than a bird-feeder bird watcher, so my ID's are rather tentative as I scramble to spot distinguishing characteristics on "new" birds. So far, in addition to the 3 above, I've seen cardinals, a house finch, a goldfinch, blue jays (they haven't tried the feeder while I've been watching--they're a litle big for it), and woodpeckers--I think both a downy and a hairy, but I'm only sure of the downy. It's hard to check beak length when they're sticking said beak in the suet cake with great rapidity, and my eye isn't attuned enough yet to say "oh, that one's bigger, it must be a hairy woodpecker". Oh, and I think I saw both a white-breasted nuthatch and a brown-headed nuthatch, but these are both new birds for me so I'm not completely sure.

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idiotgrrl
Oct. 16th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Snack bar!
You have cats - and a bird feeder? You know what my cats would call a bird feeder?

Their favorite lunch spot.
nlbarber
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Snack bar!
Ah, I have indoor cats. Not that there aren't several neighborhood cats out violating the county leash law (which does apply to cats, theoretically), but mine are inside.

So far, the feeder seems to have minimal spillage and so there's not too much ground-level activity. The feeders are high and on a metal pole, and so are not within a cat's range (she says hopefully).

I just want to keep Fish from discovering the good bird-watching at this window, as the breakfast counter is Forbidden To Cats. However, if he discovers the good bird watching, there will be no stopping him from sitting there.
callyperry
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
How lovely! I'm almost inspired to get the telescoping pole currently in the garage installed so that I can feed the birds and not the cats, too.

Meanwhile, you have me envying the counter even more than the birds. Could you post the link to that fabulous South American pebble marble? And or maybe a picture of your actual counter?
nlbarber
Oct. 16th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
But of course! The granite shop's page is:
http://www.glmarble.com/GranitePages/BlackAmazonWithGold.htm

and here are links to a couple of shots of my counters, including the breakfast bar:
http://nlbarber.livejournal.com/105040.html
filkferengi
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
If you haven't done so already, talk to kk1raven; she's an enthusiastic [and well-informed] bird-watcher.

Yay for bird-TV! [good luck keeping the cats out of the fun!]
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