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Gardening for Birds – Expect to Be Dazzled By Who Comes to Visit

Finch in the Sunflowers

Our garden and our bird list is very interconnected. The birds are coming and enjoying a variety of things in our garden habitat. I learned from Angie at Petra School that it takes about twenty minutes before the birds forget that you are watching. I have tried to find a spot to sit or stand in the garden and just wait to see who will come back during that twenty minute’s time.

The results?

I can confirm that she is right on! Usually after a few minutes the jays come back and the nuthatch and the grosbeaks come fairly quickly too. But some of the birds take a good long time before they reveal their hiding places in the trees and in the shelter of the bushes we have at the edges of our yard.

It is worth the wait. I decided that this week’s garden/bird entry would be a photo essay with lots of colorful images and very few words. Enjoy!

July 12 Garden and birdbath
Day lilies and our back birdbath

The birdbaths are a frequent stopover for the neighborhood birds.

July 12 Garden and birds (3)
Our little wild patch of blackberries just behind the birdfeeding station.

The blackberry bushes are a perfect shelter for birds to rest and to wait their turn at the feeder.

July 12 Garden and birds (9)
The leaves on our sunflowers are being eating by nibbling finches.

The sunflowers and birch trees are attracting the Lesser Goldfinches…who are eating the leaves and seeds.

The Black-headed Grosbeaks and the Western Scrub Jays are in and out of the feeders all day long.This is the best image I could get this week…they are fast in and out of the feeder. They have a sweet little song as well.The Mourning Doves and California Towhees are pecking around under the feeders.The White-breasted Nuthatches, House Finches, Titmouses, and House Sparrows are always found in the seed feeders.The European Starlings and Robins are busy eating the fruits from the neighbor’s tree that hangs over the fence into our yard.The birds are making a huge mess by taking the fruits all over the yard and eating them. They leave the pits behind and they are covering our driveway. This starling will leave the pit in our neighbor’s grass and next year it may start to grow into a tree. I know this from experience.

Hummingbird in the Butterfly gardenThe Anna’s Hummingbirds are everywhere. They still come to the feeders but they also are in the trumpet vine, the roses, the bee balm, the butterfly bushes, and several of my potted plants.The neighborhood Great Horned Owl is heard once it is dark and still outside. I envision him hunting the rodents that get into my birdfeeders.The mockingbird sings all the time…almost round the clock.

Additional bird notes:
We have heard the Steller’s Jay and their “shook-shook-shook” several times in our neighborhood but we have yet to see one. This would be a new to our neighborhood bird.
We have heard the Nuttall’s Woodpecker lots of time but only once in our back tree. I need to remember to fill the suet feeder.
The Starlings come everyday now which is new for this year as well. Their buzzing sound is now a familiar backyard bird sound.
The Black-headed Grosbeaks are also a new every day bird. Their flash of color at the feeders is beautiful.

Jami’s Tuesday Garden Party meme is open from Tuesday to Thursday so there is still time for you to jump in and participate!You may be interested in reading my entry, If You Build It, They Will Come, entry that shows the butterflies that are frequently found in our yard.What are you doing to make your yard attractive to birds and butterflies?

Sage Lavender Butterfly Bush
Sage, Lavender, and Butterfly Bushes
Fruits for the Birds
Not sure what kind of tree this is but it sure is messy…the birds love it though.
Starling Eating Fruits
Starling in our neighbor’s yard with a fruit from the tree.

10 thoughts on “Gardening for Birds – Expect to Be Dazzled By Who Comes to Visit

  1. I am working to plant my front garden with plants attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. We had Scarlet Runners this spring, and gladioli. I am in the process of growing red salvia from seed, and I have tons of zinnias.

    I also have 2 different colors of Passion Flower vines. The entire life cycle of the fritillary butterfly takes place on these vines. I am planting fennel for the fall for swallowtail butterflies, because their entire life cycle enjoys those plants.

    It’s a work in progress.

  2. Cristy,
    I have a friend in FL that grows Passionflower for the fritillary…what a great nature study project! I would love to see the whole cycle.

    Thanks for sharing your particular plants. Fennel…I will have to look into that one.

  3. What an interesting post / so much going on there ! 🙂

    I have a birdbath, and birds nests all over the place…lots of birds around but not the variety that you have, that’s for sure! 🙂

  4. Great photos. Love seeing the raspberries/blackberries coming in. Have a wonderful week and stay cool!

  5. Lovely photos! I can’t wait to get settled in our new place in Santa Clarita and see who are new avian neighbors are! I love your little neighbors! 🙂

  6. Hi Cristy: I love the birdbath with the daylilies, and all the many birds that visit your garden–just lovely. Take care–have a great week!

  7. It’s so relaxing to watch the birds in the garden. This year we had several robins nest in our trees and we got to watch the moms teach the babies how to be birds. It was magical. 🙂

  8. What a pretty garden you have. I have trouble keeping the birds out of my seedlings, this time of year the quail are really bad.

  9. Nice – I too enjoy mixing gardening with birding – enjoy watching the birds interact with the plants – especially the hummingbirds.

  10. Thanks to everyone for the very nice comments. I enjoy sharing your garden and birds with the Garden Party.

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