We feed the birds practically all year round - looking out our picture window and watching them eat is always an interesting past time.
For the past several years we have had Canadian geese on the pond and some of them will come to the house to eat. Watching them nest and more times than not something happens to the eggs is part of the cycle. On occasion the eggs will hatch, babies are born and then something happens to them. In 2006 Ethel and Fred had babies (6 of them) - but in defending the babies and Mother - Fred was killed. But Ethel was a determined mother and raised all of those babies herself. She would bring them up to the house and parade them around just like any good mother. Ethel still comes around and some times she will eat out of my hand.
According to what I have read the geese will come back to breed where they were raised...so I believe the pair we have this year are ones from that raising. Today was the first day they came up to the house for the proud parents to introduce us to the goslings...and vice versa. I named the parents Dick and Jane (yes, real original names) - can't tell them apart as both have the same markings and are the same size. You can tell how close they came to the house in this picture as you can see the porch railing in the lower left hand side. Leon first spotted the babies a week ago - so they are not much older than a week to 10 days. Aren't the babies cute!
We put up the finch feeders a couple of days ago. The first picture was taken of the feeder closer to the house - reason it is clearer...second picture is feeder further away...yes, it is fuzzy somewhat.
This is just some of the birds that come to eat...saw a pair of dove out there while I was working outside this afternoon.
Earlier in the spring we had 16 wild turkeys in the yard - right by the patio - eating away on the bird feed. The hens are sitting now...so we won't be surprised to see baby turkeys coming around.
Living in the country definitely has some advantages.