No photo today, too sad at the carnage at the birdfeeders. First feathers all over the ground underneath one of our feeders, could have been caused by a fox or hawk as both have been trolling the area looking for an easy target.
Then, sadly, a woodpecker was attacked at one of our finch tube feeders that is surrounded by a cage raised 6 feet up off of the ground and surrounded by a cage to keep out predators.
The woodpecker must have just landed on the cage part of the feeder and appeared to have either gotten his foot caught in the cage or grabbed on tight when he was and was attacked and killed, left dangling from his broken foot on the feeder. Most definately the work of one of the red tail hawks. Not sure how to deter them from attacking the birds while they are feeding.
Any suggestions or ideas?
These bluejays have decided to meet over drinks at their favorite watering hole.
It's so important to ensure that your backyard birds have plenty of fresh clean drinking water during the summer months. We change our birdbath water twice per day because the birds use the baths quite a lot for bathing and drinking. The warmer the weather the more use the birdbaths will receive.
In fact, we scrub the birdbaths with a water/bleach solution which cleans them while reducing the growth of green slime that begins to build up after about two weeks. Having clean birdbaths in your yard will attract birds from all around and watching them splash around in the bath is so much fun adding to the joy of birdwatching.
Caught this mourning dove resting in the grass near a feeder when a male cardinal stopped by to enjoy some seed that had fallen on the ground. Just a pleasant summer day in the life of our backyard birds.
Sadly, one of the goslings is now missing. It's been missing from the geese family for 2 weeks and our fear is that the snapping turtle snatched it or perhaps the neighborhood fox. We realize that this is nature's way, but it is still sad and sobering.
At least the proud parents have 5 of their babies still with them and they are together constantly, swimming, eating grass and relaxing at our ponds.