(Don’t worry........ this is not an Alfred Hitchcock type entry!)
A fun thing about living here is all the birds! Ever since we’ve moved here, we’ve been focused on creating our pasture. We did move several hundred perennials over here from our former home, but otherwise have not done too much to attract birds. And they are plentiful! We’re enjoying all the usual backyard birds: robins, chickadees, goldfinches, cardinals, hummingbirds, juncos, house finches, sparrows, blue jays, mourning doves, downy and hairy woodpeckers, etc. We’re surprised and excited to see the others that have showed up: indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers, evening grosbeaks and rose breasted grosbeaks, bluebirds, northern flicker woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, catbirds, bobolinks, and more. They have me running to my Peterson’s field guide so that I can identify them, when they stay in one place long enough for me to do that.
Even funner than just seeing all the birds is that some just love to nest on the criss-crosses of the log ends. So far it has just been the robins doing that, and one mourning dove pair did once too. It’s ‘normal’ for us now to walk by certain corners of the house as quietly as possible so as not to disturb momma robin and it’s great to just stand quietly and look at the 3 or 4 beaks peeking out of the nests. And, now, we even have a bird friend nesting in the rafters of our little barn! We haven’t identified her yet, probably some kind of finch, although the 4 little heads looks like juncos.
There are always tons of birds around throughout the day, singing their beautiful songs and chit-chatting. Sometimes they do all get quite squawky and we start looking frantically for the most likely cause – a hawk.
Don’t get me wrong; we absolutely love hawks. They are also gorgeous birds and we are always amazed to watch them fly and soar. BUT, we get protective over the little bird nests! We just have to stand nearby and the hawk will fly away once it notices us. The hawks have to eat, but not our baby birds!
Our fencing is the 5 foot, woven wire no-climb type, with pressure treated pounded posting. These posts are perfect for setting nesting boxes and bat houses on, which we will start doing as time allows. Oh, have I mentioned the bats? ................