Reasons To Stay

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~ Carl Sagan

Time’s short now, from here to the end of the year. Everyone is working hard to meet deadlines before the winter break; we are all not liking school so much now.

And, Oh! do we need that break.

But watching birds from the inside is not so hard. In fact, the littlest ones are easiest on the eyes. Now that we’ve put feeders back out, the winter hummers are starting to filter in and have staked out their favorite feeder stations on the porch.

We have two species of hummingbirds now, visiting several times throughout the day:

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird
A first for our home!

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

It’s still early for the winter season, but who knows who else will show? Mr. Charky (the Dark-eyed Junco in the opener) is not even supposed to be here, this far south. He likes it so much here, in fact, he brought a dozen of his friends with him.

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Whatever you do, don’t clean up your yard. The birds like things quite chaotic and weed-y, not all manicured and spotless. Wait until February for your major clean-up; there’s no need to compete with your neighbors when the growing season comes to a grinding halt. The birds will love you for it.

Nectar feeders aren’t just for the migrating hoards of hummers in spring and fall. Mix up a batch of sugar water (4:1 water to sugar ratio, boiled 5 minutes, cooled) and hang feeders out near windows where you can watch from the comfort of the indoors (when it gets cold). Clean the bird bath. Hang thistle socks and fill finch feeders with sunflower seed, cages with suet.

Give them reasons to stay — and they will.

Northern Cardinal

Daddy Cardinal Takes a Dip

Forgive our absence. Will be back just as soon as we
break for the
holidays!

8 thoughts on “Reasons To Stay

  1. I loved hearing about your winter visitors, Shannon, and of course seeing your wonderful photos. We don’t get the black-chinned, which I think is so very beautiful. My best holiday wishes to you and your family~~ 😀

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    1. Thank you, Jet! And my best for you and Athena, too. So tell me…have you ever endeavored a Christmas Day bird count event? We are considering doing one on our time off…I hear it’s like a marathon race.

      I hope to get down to Costa Rica some day to add more hummers to my life list. I simply must collect every one!

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      1. Yes, I’ve done Christmas bird counts. They are all different, I have never done the race kind, but I know they are popular. I don’t really like the Christmas bird counts because where we live not only is it cold and rainy most of the time, but the bird counts are far lower and less representative than any other time of the year, and visibility is usually not very good. I prefer wandering around in the woods and going back home to hot choc. when I feel like it. ha. 😀

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