“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
The kitchen and breakfast room is where I do the bulk of my birding, much as I spend my days prepping all those greens and veggies to eat. Binoculars are perpetually hanging around my neck while there, the camera always within an arm’s reach. I see a host of birds right from where I stand, out on the feeders, in the birdbath, among the trees — even as far as out as back by the creek.
This Blind is Not Too Shabby!
The yard is an oasis because I worship my soil and everything in it. I trim bushes and trees only ‘moderately’ so that little birdies get protection from predators; they have plenty of great reasons to come close to my windows where I can enjoy their personalities up close. None of my other neighbors give them that same care and respect, so the little guys have come to prefer my yard to gather in great numbers, not theirs.
Aside from companion planting and building healthy soil, birds are a vegetable garden’s best defense against insect invasions. It is rare when I lose a crop to caterpillars or flies. If you go out of your way to welcome these armies to your yard, they will keep ‘the bad guys’ in check. Learn how to attract nature’s 10 best feathered pest control to your own garden so you too can be a kitchen-counter birder. They will do the added benefit of entertaining you — free of charge.
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This list is the variety we see in our yard every single day during late winter. I don’t even have to leave the house which saves me gasoline, time, and money. With 36 species on this list alone, it’s no wonder we hit 100 different ones by the end of February in our annual count. We continue to strive to top 250 again this year.
Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird
Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse
Nashville, Yellow-rumped, and Orange-crowned Warblers
Rufous and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Carolina Wren,
Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird,
White Ibis, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron
Wood Duck, Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Downy, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers
Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks
Turkey and Black Vultures
Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, House Finch
Chipping, House, and White-crowned Sparrows
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Love and take care of your little birdies.
In turn, they will warm your heart, fill your soul,
and keep you honest to your very self.