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Bird Watching from my front Porch

Updated on April 28, 2017

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.


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!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on one of my hubs. It is a shame many of the song birds are no longer around due to the use of DDT now banned in the US.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Love this hub and all the birds. Glad there is someone besides me who appreciates the blue jay. I used to feed the birds, the squirrels, the possums and raccoons when I lived where that was possible. They were so interesting and enjoyable to watch! I guess that makes me an anomaly since I'm a Yankee through and through and not been blessed with the grace of God by being born a Southerner. ;)

      Now I'm in an apartment and occasionally I feed the birds, but doing so regularly would bring enmity between me and my downstairs neighbors due to the droppings that would land on their patio.

      Enjoyed the video with the pickers too. I love bluegrass.

      Voted up and interesting. Will share with my followers!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks you Suzette. The birds are awesome creatures.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What beautiful photographs! I, too, love to watch birds of all kinds. I saw so many cardinals and blue jays in my backyard in Ohio. The cardinal is the state bird in Ohio because we have so many of them. Here in Naples, FL I am discovering egrets, ibises, mockingbirds, etc. Nature is certainly beautiful. Great hub!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Awesome!! Thank you for such a great comment.

      Thank you masmaskika

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      masmasika 5 years ago

      I love these birds. I often hear birds singing in our neighborhood because there are big trees around.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful pictures of birds you've got in here. You are certainly blessed to see them in your own garden. Voted up and awesome!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I envy you your Blue Jay, I wish he would come visit me!

      I enjoy feeding and watching the birds in my garden, it's very busy out there at the moment, the Fieldfare and Redwing are stripping the holly of it's berries!

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      I love your hub. We too are bird lovers and enjoy feeding and watching them. A little wren (?) nearly landed on me this morning! He must have thought I was a tree! (Now, do I look like a tree???) lol Love, Susieq42

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      diogenes 5 years ago

      Hi Fiddleman! Lovely pics...I feed the birds and keep budgies, too. Nice to know your red-headed woodcock is still pecking away! Mine is a little chary these days. Bob

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Blue jays are certainly a delight to see and look at. We get them a lot in our yard in NJ.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Great hub, I love blue jays. They have such a bright beautiful color.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      I love that blue jay! What beautiful birds you have in your part of the world. Here we see some eurasion jays, I love seeing them, but I haven't seen a blue one before. I also love the photo of the bluebird. It'd be great to see one of those one day.