My novice expectation was that exotic, cute little birds would immediately flock to our feeders, flutter around, smile for the camera, and keep me entertained for hours on end.
Well, part of that did happen. The birds did come. There were finches, sparrows, morning doves and occasionally cardinals. I consulted my National Audubon Society’s “Field Guide to Birds - Eastern Region” book
to find the proper names for them. I didn’t realize how many different types of finches and sparrows there were. I soon fancied myself to be a budding “birder”.
After a few days, I noticed that the feed was disappearing rather quickly.
I became suspicious when I saw that the chipmunk had taken up residence in the “big foot” planter I have under the tree in our front yard. Which, by the way, happens to also be the tree that one of the feeders hangs on.
Okay, he is kind of cute. But he was eating all of the seed. Bird seed. For the Birds. My cute little exotic, okay maybe not so exotic, birds were not getting their fair share. I figured that soon they would find other feeders that were much more to their liking. You know, the Johnson’s down the street or Janet, next door.
As I watched Chippie climb up the tree, skim the branch and then jump down onto the feeder, I had the brilliant idea of moving the feeder into the back yard and onto a shepherds crook. No way would he be able to navigate that slippery pole.
|That’s how much I know about wild life.|
|As Ross says, “Why that little bugger!”|
|Ross - “I’ll show him!”|
I googled to find out how to deter Chippie. I discovered that we had to install something called a baffle onto the top of a tree hanging feeder or on the bottom of the shepherds crook.
The nearest place we could find that carried such a thing was at “The Bird House of Cape May”. Cape May is about an hour and 10 minutes from where we live. It was worth the drive. The owner was knowledgeable. The shop was adorable and carried everything a newbie birder would find interesting. Plus they had the baffles.
Fast forward to today. We now have three feeders, each with their own baffle. Yesterday, I saw a squirrel hanging around the backyard feeder. I might have to install a top and bottom baffle now on that one.
Yeah, so far the tally for this new hobby of mine is at least $150.
The other day, as I was sitting in my sun room, I saw something flit by the window. I got excited thinking it was a hummingbird. I had not seen one of those yet. I watched as it “perched" on the pine tree a few doors down. As I zoomed in with my camera, and snapped this pic, I was perplexed. I didn’t find this species in my Field Guide to Birds - Eastern Region.