We live in a cookie cutter neighbourhood with lots under half an acre, not far from the beltway and I-66. I was not sure what kind of photography I would get in my backyard, but the convenience of it made it worth a shot. We do have interesting birds, even in my urban neighbourhood ..
So, we planted native flowers, put up bird feeders and sat and waited.
For 3-4 days, there was NO activity.
So disheartening …
I checked the expiration on the bird seed bag, all good ….
I checked the bird feeder, all good ..
So – whats up birds? My bird seed not good enough?
About a week later, the birds found the feeder ….
After watching them for a few days, I was disappointed to find my visitors consisted mostly of the House Sparrow (HOSP). At this time, my only gripe with the HOSP was that it was boring to look at and even more so to photograph.
I quickly learned that the cheaper bird seed is filled with millet which is a very hard grain that birds with short powerful beaks (aka HOSP) prefer …
I also learned that the HOSP was very much disliked in birding circles … I was not sure why at this point … something about it being non native …
I learned that the native birds preferred sunflower seeds, which, naturally, was far more expensive than millet.
A few dollars poorer and many,many sunflower seeds richer (Walmart 25lb bag of sunflower seeds), I refilled my feeder and waited …
Along came the cardinals ….
Insane red colour!!!
Apparently, when nature was giving her camoflage lecture, the male cardinal must have had a hang over and been asleep or throwing up …
Because, let me tell you, there aint no camoflaging that bird ….
Then came the Blue Jays ….
Oh me!! Oh my!!
I was hooked onto my little backyard feeder ….
But the photgraphs were terrible, it did not look natural at all.
So, I cut branches from my trees, placed feeders on the branches and began to take pictures while the birds hopped onto the branches to get to the feeders.
Worked really well …