Bird Watching from my front Porch
Birds in My Back Yard
Although I am not a bonafide member of the Audubon Society I do enjoy watching the birds in my back yard. I have several feeders in which I put seeds and the birds come each day to enjoy the extra treats place there just for them. Living in a rural area we enjoy seeing many species up close and the color of their feathers paint wonderful pictures of Nature at its best.
In my back yard alone there are Blue jays, Cardinals, and morning doves that regularly visit my feeders. We also have some tall Pines along the edge of our property that are now dying due to a disease and it is not uncommon to see the Red Headed wood cock pecking away.
Crows and hawks also live here as do owls and it is always a treat to see them in the wild. During the spring the Robins return as do many other species including y favorites the Gold Finch and Eastern Mountain Blue Bird.
The old saying American by birth and Southern by the grace of God ring so true in my heart. The simple things of life especially those in Nature bring a joy that cannot be expressed adequately in words. Beautiful birds, the mountains, and the tranquility of a simple life. I am most blessed.
Living here in WNC it is not uncommon to sit on the porch at evening time and in the distance hear the whippoorwill with its distinctive song. Rarely seen, the whippoorwill is an interesting bird.
- The Mountain Whippoorwill Poem by Stephen Vincent Benet - Poem Hunter Comments
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I would be remiss not to include one of my favorite of God's little birds, the Hummingbird. They arrive in late March to Western North Carolina and feed on blossoms that are in bloom. I have a feeder near my front porch and enjoy watching them come to feed. The Ruby throated species is most common. They are so fast, sip the water and are gone.
I make my own hummingbird feed since learning the red dye used in premixed waters is harmful to the birds. I found a recipe on line and it is simple to make. Use 1/4 cup of sugar dissolved in 3 cups of water. They love it!