Birds in our Backyard

   In the hustle and bustle of summer, it can be easy to get caught up in commuting to vacation hot spots and putting on the perfect BBQ party. If there is ever time to spare, one sure way of taking a break and getting back in touch with nature’s surroundings is by taking in the abundance of both beautiful and peculiar birds. I’ve been interested in backyard birding for many years, birds watching is such a fun to watch. Listening to the birds sing and watching birds out the window is one of my favorite things to do. We have a bird house in the yard and bird feeder  as well so they are always around. 

    I hope you find some free fun in your backyard this spring and summer!

Hummingbird: They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans.

Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops (notably corn) and nearly anything else as well, including garbage.
Northern Cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs. They are common at bird feeders but may be inconspicuous away from them, at least until you learn their loud, metallic chip note.
Gray Catbirds are medium-sized, slate-gray birds with black caps and tails, and chestnut undertail coverts. Males, females, and juveniles look similar. Gray Catbirds hold their tails cocked up.
Even though this is not a bird, I thought it is good to share. I especially like this photo in which the Huge Grasshopper is looking directly at my camera. Creepy!



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