My bird feeding hobby
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|Sat, 12-21-2013 - 6:29pm|
For a number of years I've had a bird feeder in our backyard, as I do this year. It's a cylindrical feeder on a pole. I also have a suet basket that I've hung on our pergola near to the feeder. This year, because i've moved the suet basket to this new location (when before it was in a tree but never got much attention there), I've had a number of species of birds come to feed both from the feeder and the basket. By far the most species are the very ordinary and most prolific sparrows. Quite a flock of them have gathered every day to visit the feeder - actually many times a day and otherwise, they seem to fly to sit amongst the branches of a neighbour's bushy evergreen tree when not feeding. Then there's a couple of chickadees, and a lone Northern Flicker which is quite a large bird. One year there were two of them, but now I only see one. And now we also have a Downy woodpecker come to eat of the suet.
But by far the most surprising bird that has recently come to feed on the seeds under the bird feeder is a ringed-neck male pheasant! It showed up a few days ago! What a large and handsome bird! It pecked at the seeds on the ground for quite a long time, and left at some point. The next day I saw it again but there were hardly any seeds on the ground so I went out to put more. Of course I frightened it and it few off, up across the neighbour's fence. I hadn't seen it since, and then today it showed up again. Ray was able to see it, he being home on the weekend. Then the pheasant left though we didn't see where it went. Ray then went out to get our Christmas tree which was stored all this time by our deck, to bring it into the house. When he went to get the tree, the pheasant which turned out to be under our deck, was frightened by Ray's presence and came out from under and flew away. I suppose it may be back again. Who would have thought a pheasant would take residence under our deck? But then it's obvious the seeds are a good drawing point for it to be there.
We also have some jackrabbits come by...I don't often see them or it, but I see evidence of its tracks in the snow in our yard. I guess it's not so surprising that many of these animals have adapted to suburban living...after all, they were here first before we so rudely moved in!
I've included two photos of the pheasant.