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How to Attract Songbirds

Updated on August 20, 2014

By the Yardful!

You can add a few high notes to your life by doing less than you probably do in some ways, and a little more in others. Attract beautiful songbirds and create an enviornment that will be even healthier for you and your family.

Creating and caring for a wildlife friendly yard is contagious! New wonders and new generations of songbirds and other critters will thrive and entertain, educate, and even help you regain your "footing." Now that's just a healthy balance!

All photos by me (Bev Lemley) ~ all rights reserved

Provide Dense Cover

Though a Cardinal is quite beautiful, its song is actually not the prettiest! But who can resist the beauty of a Cardinal in the snow or amongst the evergreens at Christmas time?

Providing shrubbery such as azaleas, boxwoods, forsythias, nandina, or other dense thickets is essential to songbirds such as cardinals for their nesting. Be sure not to prune in the summer, for if you uncover a nest, they will probably abandon it.

Provide a Feeder

A feeder full of fun food will find flocks of friendly friends! Sunflower hearts and peanuts are a great mix, saving their energy to open the sunflower seeds, and also, could be cheaper. Add some Goldfinch Feast by Purina, which has thistle and canary seed. This mix will take care of most songbirds' needs and provide endless entertainment!

This yellow rumped warbler (left) is greeted by a nuthatch, which is the only nonwoodpecker bird that can go down head first.

Love Birds? - Birds and Blooms Magazine does, too!

Birds & Blooms
Birds & Blooms

Birds and Blooms ~ Beautiful pictures, great reader and professional tips. I've suscribed for years and it's one magazine I keep the back issues of to go through and enjoy again. Different pictures, different tips, recipes for suet, etc., Love it!

 

Provide Fresh Water... - ...Every Day

This birdbath is simply a chip bowl. In winter, it's pliable, so you can easily pop out the ice and replace with fresh water. Water is a necessary substance, especially in winter. Sure, you get cold for a few minutes, but the reward is a lot of VERY happy birds, such as this titmouse!

Provide a Heated Water Source

Purchasing a bird bath heater element that will keep the water from freezing will serve you well. I put the heater with water in a shallow rubber boot mat that is the perfect size. I put a plastic container filled with water to hold the heater down, and also helps to serve as a source of water for the birds to drink. This heated oasis should be cleaned often with a soft bristle brush to keep from tearing the heater element, and the mat scrubbed down with a harder brush to keep algae from forming. So far this one has served me for three winters.

Got Ice?! - Not with this de-icer!

These are my personal favorites!

Farm Innovators Model B-9 Economical Birdbath De-Icer, 44-Watt
Farm Innovators Model B-9 Economical Birdbath De-Icer, 44-Watt

This one lasted me probably five years, well beyond what it should have!

 
K&H 9000 Ice Eliminator BirdBath 50-Watt De-Icer
K&H 9000 Ice Eliminator BirdBath 50-Watt De-Icer

This is my new favorite! It is thermostatically controlled and will save electricity by not coming on until it reaches freezing. It is good to 20 below! It looks like a rock ~ and it is a lifesaver! During our Polar Vortex, with our temps getting down to 9 degrees, I had steam coming off the birdbath, and the birds were not without water at any time during the crisis, and I did not have to venture out with water jugs! Plus, my concrete bird bath did not suffer!

 

Provide Peanuts - Foods such as peanuts and sunflower hearts...

...help to give the birds extra energy in winter and helps sustain them throughout the year. Add thistle if you have goldfinches that visit.

Some birds, such as this titmouse, carry their food away to a tree, seeking cover to eat.

Provide Treats - Mealworms! Just try them...

...if you want to see a show! Mealworms, to my recent surprise, are not as expensive as I thought. So why not! This was about my third day of putting a few out. As you can see, it didn't take long for the bluebirds and others to discover this delicious treat! The secret is to budget just how many you put out. Once they're gone, they're gone! I put out about 20 when I can put them out. The cost was about $8 per 500. Bigger sizes were about $14 per 1,000. I have a saver card, too, at Wildbirds Unlimited, which helps. Plus, the personnel are very knowledgeable and were very helpful to getting me started.

Stumped?! - Then you have a perfect bird feeder!

A tree stump is perfect and a natural feeding place for birds and other critters. This stump has some protective brush around it. The stumps in my yard are a very popular place for the birds to gather.

This is a white-throated sparrow (a good sparrow!)

Provide Suet - ...which will provide extra energy...

... and surely be a popular treat!

WHAT IS THIS BIRD?!

UPDATE: I believe this could be a LESSER GOLDFINCH ~ can anybody help me with this thought? THANKS!

I am not sure what this bird is! Possibly a warbler. If you know, please let me know! He only comes in the winter, but he is a favorite. Thanks!

Provide A Nesting Box - Aww...how cute!

Providing a nesting box particularly built for bluebirds or other type birds is a fun way to get the family in on the action.

Also, leaving scraps such as bits of yarn, groomed dog hair, even bits of dryer lint outside for nesting birds will be fun to watch, too.

If you have pine trees, Bluebirds will use the pine straw to build their nest.

Try Attracting Bluebirds

Even suburban yards can attract bluebirds! Other birds will sing for their supper, too!

Woodlink NABB Audubon Cedar Bluebird House
Woodlink NABB Audubon Cedar Bluebird House

Bluebirds look for blue sky and green grass from their front door. The good news is, other birds will make good use of it if the bluebirds are a bit hesitant.

 

Provide a Safe Haven... - ...from winter's cold and from preditors

Shrubs such as this butterfly bush, even though they may lose their leaves in the wintertime, will provide sufficient cover from hawks and other preditors to help protect little birds, such as the chick-a-dee. These little birds are fun to look for, with their quick antics!

If you have evergreens, like acuba (polka dot), you will be providing excellent shelter on the coldest nights. The Acuba's leaves are very broad and dense, provide great cover.

Refrain from Spraying for Bugs - Allow the birds to help keep down the insects...

...There are many insect eating birds that will look for beetle larvae and other insects in just about any nook and cranny. While many people feel the need to spray to keep down insects, nature provides the best link in the food chain, all on her own. I like it best when nature keeps things in balance. Many feel the need to kill off the very things that sustain vital links in our food chains.

As you can see, this natural hiding place for bugs looks to be a popular meal spot for many insect-eating birds. It was fun watching this downy woodpecker checking out what's on the menu.

A BONUS is that the birds search and hunt for ticks, as ticks hang out on the ends of leaves and such, the birds know this, and will eat them up. Another BONUS is the birds wiill, of course, eat mosquitoes, too. Not all birds are insect eating birds, but many are, so attracting them to your yard with water is an easy way to help keep your pest insects in check. Check!

For more on letting nature provide safe links that are vital to our future, check out my lens on this topic ~ Linking to the Future.

Allow Nature to Grow... - ...as it will

This junco is looking for tidbits amongst the wildflowers. As a bonus, these wildflowers provide nectar to the honey bees and butterflies. Since they are along the fence row, they add a bit of nature's natural beauty, which I prefer to spraying any kind of weed or insect killers, which would surely be where the birds and bees roam. No need to break the vital link to our future!

Provide Nature's Bounty - Berries are the Best!

Holly, dogwood, nandina, pyracanthia, even red tips, wild cherry, and any other berry-bearing plant, bush, or tree will become a vital source of food in the winter, especially, when bugs start getting a bit scarce.

These are nandina berries, not a favorite for the birds, though when there is little else available, they will eat them. I think this is nature's way of holding something back for the lean times. As you can see, these berries made it through until a snowstorm.

See the Beauty... - ...as it passes through

Even birds that are not always so popular, such as these grackles, can provide beauty. If they stop by, looking for a bit to keep them going, why not see the beauty?

Amazing Birds ~ - Keep us entertained...

...and bring beauty inside, as well!

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To Feed or Not to Feed?

There has been some debate about folks putting out food for the birds. I am sure you can give reasons and opinions for the side you lean towards ~ Let's hear it!

Do you think it's wise to feed the birds?

> Did you enjoy Nature's Art?

I would like to invite you to visit...

...my gallery at ZAZZLE and REDBUBBLE! Please stop by and see more of nature's art and beauty! Thank you for your visit today!

Do you have a bird story or a handy idea that you've found! Let us know!

Thank you for all the wonderful bird stories from around the world! It's a small, beautiful world, after all!

And thank you for the kind and encouraging comments ~ I am very honored and humbled! Thank you! ! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @HorseAndPony LM: Thank you! I don't think I get to spot many rare ones! Lucky you! I hope you will drop a note to let me know what's in your backyard! Thanks so much for your kind support and for stopping by! B : )

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      HorseAndPony LM 4 years ago

      We love gardening for all birds but it is so amazing when we spot a rare one. Great tips and I loved your photos.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @aesta1: There is just something about the birds singing that makes spending time providing shelter and water if necessary and a little food all worth it! Thanks so much for stopping by! B : )

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband always put out lots of feeders in our cottage so we enjoy many of them the whole summer.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Thank you so much for visiting and being so kind! I wish I could identify the bird by their calls ~ it should be easy, but to me I can only get a few of them. Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      You have such beautiful bird photos! Really enjoyed seeing them all. (I'm also very impressed that you can identify the different bird varieties.)

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Alessandro Zambon: It's too bad you don't have such colorful birds ~ thank you for stopping by my garden and having a look! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! B : )

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Lovely photographs of birds, I never saw something so colorful and beautiful in my country, Italy. Anyway in my garden I see a lot of birds all day long, and many times I saw their little birds growing in their nests. It's a great experience!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Im Horse Crazy: Bears?! Yikes! We have raccoons, so I can only put out what the birds will eat during the daytime ~ I must say I have some pretty fat raccoons around, and they were damaging the feeders and eating every bit of food that I would put out. So the solution was just enough for the day. I need to remind myself that they can catch insects and such, too! Thank you for your visit and your kind comments! B : )

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      Amazing pictures! So true about the birds needing all of these things! We'd feed the birds sunflower seeds sometimes - when the bears aren't stealing them!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @iankc: You will have to have it about ten feet from the ground or from the nearest jumping off spot! They are little acrobats, for sure. And once they discover you have feed, they will go nuts (pardon the pun) to get some more. I have long ago given in and just enjoy the show. The problem with this, as you well know, I'm sure, is the cost of BIRD food has gotten so high, you start looking at the squirrels as little piggies! Good luck with keeping the squirrels off ~ if you move it far enough away and can lower it for refilling, you will resist the squirrels. Thanks for your really nice comments and for the visit! Good luck! Cheers! B : )

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I'm excited to try this!

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      Ian Casey 5 years ago from Florida

      Wonderful lens. I have a bird feeder in my front yard, and whenever there's food in it, there are birds at it. I live in Florida where even in the winter it doesn't get that cold. The one problem I seem to have is that squirrels ALWAYS jump up on it and start eating the bird seed. Though to be fair to the squirrels, the feeder is pretty easy for them to jump up on. Can't wait until I move and can find a new place to put the thing!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Melissa Miotke: Thank you for your visit and nice comments ~ and for the squidlike! I hope you have success very quickly! They are fun to watch! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SquidooFlowers: Thank you so much for the Red, White and Blue like! I appreciate your visit and the nice comments! B : )

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      SquidooFlowers 5 years ago

      So nice to know tips for attracting song birds to one's garden :)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much, Josh, for your visit and kind blessing ~ and for your nice comments! I hope you can put out a small feeder to start ~ it will take a few days to get some interest, but then you will have to progress to a bigger feeder ~ and keep the smaller feeder! You will enjoy their presence in your yard. They all have personalities, especially if you have young children, they will be fascinated and will learn about them by watching ~ plus, it's entertainment for the whole family! Thanks for stopping by, Josh! B : )

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome information - it'd be quite nice to attract some song birds to my yard! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Thank you, Little Linda Pinda! You are so kind to visit and leave so many nice comments. You have really touched my heart today! And I hope you have a wonderful, blessed day, too! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I would love to have more song birds in my yard. Really nice lens.

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      What a beautiful lens. I'm assuming you are the photographer, and an exceptional one at that. I always enjoy watching the different birds are my feeders and happily provide seed which the nuthatches, for one, sock away for the winter in the pine of the trees close by. I"m an artist and most of my early paintings were all of birds. As a Squid Angle, I'm blessing your lens for all the love and care you give to your beloved friends, the birds.

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      You have one great talent. Congrats and congrats again. Wow. I love the ideas you have presented. Keep it up.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas to attract birds. Birds are wonderful to have around.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great Lens. I love the colors and the serenades of Songbirds. They complete summer.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      A fun lens and great photoigaphs!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      We will be sure to introduce some of your suggestions - thank you. Easter Blessings.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Another stunning lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @KRaj_DST: I was merely lucky ~ He was aggravated to pieces with me, and he was NOT going to leave his nest nearby. You can clearly see that he is yelling at me, not singing! LOL! Thank you for your very nice comments and for your visit ~ thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your visit! I will have to visit your lense! Thank you for blessing this lense! B: )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @savateuse: Thank you so much! I appreciate your visit and your nice message! Thank you! B : )

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      KRaj_DST 5 years ago

      woow such a great lens... I would like to start by telling that your your shot of cardinal is just perfect.. I do get him visitng us often but no matter how hard i try have never been able to capture him in frame. Thanks for the great tips.. will try to get some birds :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've got a bird article too, so much fun to write about them and as you do you get so much more appreciation for them and nature. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Ram Ramakrishnan: Thank you so much for the very special blessing! And a special thanks for the stardust from the angel's wand!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Ram Ramakrishnan: Cool poetry in motion! Thank you for your very kind, immensly creative encouragement! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thanks, Friend! I appreciate your kind words and your visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @wilfredpadilla: Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate your visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @thatsocool: Thank you so much, thatsocool ~ what a cool name! THank you for your visit today and for your kind words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @dahlia369: Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words! Thank you for stopping by today! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JimHofman: Thank you so much for your kinds words and for your visit today! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JimHofman: Thank you so much for your kind words and for your visit today! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you! I will have to visit and check out LOVE STORY! That sounds cool! Thank you so much for your visit today ~ and for the blessings! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Aliann LM: Thank you for your visit today ~ thank you! B : )

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Know this, O worthy and diligent lensmaster;

      With accomplishment youâve earned a tryster.

      As a token of immense appreciation expressed,

      A squid angel leaves this lens heartily blessed.

      On a rendering that is sparkling in its own right,

      Propagating an appealing thought well and quite;

      If you were to notice a slender shimmering crust;

      From the angelâs wand, it is a spill of stardust.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      With your simple, thoughtful suggestions

      that helps in potential hazards, to ward;

      One could create a veritable paradise

      within a small and humble backyard!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great information. Fantastic photos.

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      I like the pictures! Congratulations!

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      thatsocool 5 years ago

      fabulous picture :)

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      So adorable! - Great images and tips on a beautiful lens. :)

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      JimHofman 5 years ago

      Fantastic photos of our feathered friends and great info here!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing the lens about songbirds. beautiful vivid pictures are always welcome. i was trying to take pictures of our blackbirds here in our garden but they are so elusive. please check my LOVE STORY lens. animals are the main acteurs. angel blessings.

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      Aliann LM 5 years ago

      Love it!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your kind words and thank you for stopping by!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @data1122: Thank you so much for your visit and for your kind words! B: )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MelonyVaughan: Aww, that's great! I love to hear that folks find peace in the world of nature. The birds are a real treasure! What would our world be like without the birds singing their sweet songs?! Thank you for your kind words and for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @happynutritionist: Thank you for the blessing! I appreciate your visiting and for your kind words! I think the birds get used to my putting food out, though this time of year I'm trying to cut back. The cardinals usually get pretty noisy and literally fly to the windows and practically look in when the food gets low ~ It can get a little scary, though it usually prompts me to go put something out! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anando: Thank you for your visit and for your kind words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @EDawg408 LM: Oh, you should try that! That would be really cool to set up the tripod and remote to take a pict! If you don't get the pict, then you would have a really neat experience, anyway. I would go for that! Thanks for your visit and for your story ~ I enjoyed that! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ferginarg lm: I hope you can go to a park, maybe! It's tough not being able to enjoy a few minutes of peace and enjoyment, doing something you love! I'll bet there are some beautiful birds in Buenos Aires! You really need to write that lens ~ iInvite me to come see it when you get it! Thank you for your visit and for your kind words! I enjoyed your story! Go listen for some birds ~ and then take some picts! Enjoy the peace as you're out! Peace! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @julia007: Thank you, Julia, for your visit! I appreciate the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Alexis_Green: Thank you for the visit! I appreciate your very kind words, Alexis! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @mynameiskate: Thank you for the tip on what the bird may be! I've checked it out, but it doesn't seem to fit exactly! It may be that it has winter colors or is a juvenile or male/female that isn't quite fitting the description. Don't worry about scaring the birds away. If you sit quietly, they may come around, depends on the day and how hungry they are! Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Patience is a key factor. I use the time to enjoy listening to nature and being at peace. I look forward to these few minutes when I can catch a break! Thank you so much for your help! I appreciate the visit and all your very kind words. B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MartieG: Thank you for the visit! I'm glad you enjoy the birds ~ B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @mbgphoto: Thank you so much for your kind words and for the visit! Happy bird watching! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very beautiful lens, like it, thanks for sharing

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @333ideas: Hi! I will have to do that! Thanks for the invite, and thank you for the visit and your kind encouragement! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gemjane: What a nice name ~ Gemjane! Thank you for your visit and kind, encouraging words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gottaloveit2: What a sweet story! It's nice to hear of her love of nature and how much she loved the cardinals. They are so beautiful, I know they brought her great joy! Thank you for your nice visit and lovely comments! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your very kind words! I appreciate that! I'll bet you will someday see ~ or hear ~ birds differently ~ and may actually start listening for their sweet songs! I hope so! thank you for your visit and the encouragement! Listen up! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Mystico: That's a lovely story! Your great story backs me up, for sure, about our future if we continue to use pesticides. Thank you so much for passing that along; maybe others will hear about it, too. In, fact, I will contact you and see if I can use that story in my Linking to the Future lens, which is exactly about this! Or if you create your own, let me know and I'll feature it in my lens. Thank you for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Joy Neasley: Oh, Wow! I am quite honored! Please use them as you need, I am thrilled that you would want to do that. And if you would let me know if you post it, I would love to see your work! That is so cool! Thank you, Joy! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @River_Rose: Hen scratch! I'll have to check that out! Sounds like you're in tune to what your birds like and appreciate! That's a good way of feeding them! Thanks for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @reyange: Thank you for your nice visit and kind comments! I still haven't had complete success on the ID of the bird. Have fun with your feeder and your bird friends! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @pennyhart lm: Hi, Penny! I'm glad to hear you agree with Less, and even better, NO spraying! Let's hope many others agree! We need the pollinators, bees and such, and sprays don't know the difference. Thanks for weighing in on this topic! And thank you for your kind comments and for the visit! B : )

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      data1122 5 years ago

      Very nice photo of birds.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Spectacular photos! I absolutely adore songbirds and find that I love nothing more than to be woken up by their sweet music.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Your pictures are beautiful and you must have the happiest song birds in your area with all the wonderful attention you give to them. Wonderful page! *blessed*

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your kind encouragement! I'm glad you're interested in the birds ~ you will have a good time exploring and discovering new things about the birds. I've probably just really touched on the basics! Have fun exploring and enjoy them! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @agoofyidea: Thank you for your kind encouragement! And thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Julia Morais: Thank you so much for your kind words ~ and thank you for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @adele-celeste-smith: I'm thrilled it may have given you a little push to try it! It's really fun and eduational, too. You will start enjoying their antics pretty quickly! Thank you for your visit and for your kind encouragment! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @BlueTrane: Thank you so much! Thank you for stopping by! It's nice to be able to share the birds with others ~ thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your kind words, TIpi ~ I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement! Thank you for your visit! The titmouse is kind of cute ~ I'm glad you like "him"! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Rosaquid: Thank you, Rosaquid! I appreciate the visit and your kind words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @CTsHeart: Thank you so much for your kind words and for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Violin-Student: Thank you so much for the visit ~ and for your kind words! B : )

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      anando 5 years ago

      Wow,interesting lines & so beautiful attacking song birds..........

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      EDawg408 LM 5 years ago

      I have some lovely Skellar's Jays that hang out around my house...I joke that they're friendly enough to wanna eat out of my hands! Of course, I have not tried this...yet! Excellent photos and great tips in the lens!

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens, I grew up in a small town in New Zealand and always made sure we had food and water for the native bird species that we have, you've inspired me actually to write one about them, hopefully I can make the time haha, now I live in Buenos Aires in Argentina, living in such a large city is so much different, I really miss having the ability to do these kinds of things for the birds. Thanks for a great read.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Alex-45: Thank you! Thank you for your visit, Alex! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @AlexTedford: It's probably just the sudden presence of a human! If you want to attract them, perhaps try going slower and wear the same color jacket, so they will recognize you as the ONE who is bringing FOOD! You will soon be looked for and welcomed! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement, Alex ~ Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @zvous: Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words and encouragement! Thank you for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SquidooMBA: Wow, cats! I have a few that love to hang around, too. Mine aren't too "wild," thank goodness! Do you have animal control that will help out? I'd be more worried about the rabies aspect, which is really a problem here, with wild critters. We don't have that many cases of rabies, but one is too many! The bigger birds, like hawks and crows, will be bold to the cats, and the cats know it, and will shy away. Unfortunately, the hawks like the songbirds, too, so it's a fine balance there. But the crows hate the hawks, and will chase the hawks out of the area ~ at least for a little while! I used to not like seeing the crows around, now they're my friend. I don't mind if the hawks get the field mice, of course, but I really hate to see the feathers on the ground where either a hawk or a cat was successful ~ either stinks! I just try to scare them away by going outside, the presence of a human will sometimes do the trick, though that's risky if they have strange behavior (cats, rabies). If you notice the birds really raising a fuss, they are probably sounding the alarm about a cat in the area (they are usually hiding from a hawk and won't kick up a fuss). So if you hear an unusual amount of squawking, if you can take a look, to scare something off. Of course, they could be kicking up a fuss at a snake, too ~ so be cautious! Too much information, I know ~ but I hope it helps some. Take care! Thank you for your kind comments and for the visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @WindyWintersHubs: Thank you for your kind encouragement! Thank you for the visit, too! I like your name ~ that's cool! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JoanieMRuppel54: Oh, my! Cool! Thank you for that ~ what a compliment, I am honored! I will have to visit and see what lenses you have! Thanks for your kind words and encouragement! I will be visiting soon! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Anahid LM: Pittsburgh! That's cool ~ nice to know you have cardinals there, too! I wonder what other kinds of birds are in that area ~ and what migrates through? Always interesting to find these things out from others, first hand ~ thanks! And thank you for your kind comments and encouragement ~ and the visit! B : )

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      julia007 5 years ago

      Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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      Alexis_Green 5 years ago

      Very interesting! Very cool lens! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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      mynameiskate 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      This is such an amazing lens! We recently put a couple of feeders in our back yard and are enjoying the birds. I'm going to have to try to see if I can take pics; I worry I'll scare them off. And I really appreciate the reminder about putting out water as well; I need to get them a little bird bath of some kind.

      Oh, the picture under your Suet module - could that be a Pine Siskin? The white bars and the tiny bit of yellow remind me of them. We've had a big gang of them at the feeder for the last week or so, so I might just have them on the brain, but there are some great photos at the Cornell Lab and they look similar. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Siskin/id/...

      And congrats on LOTD!