The birds around here keep us entertained. We've gone through a couple hundred pounds of sunflower and thistle seed this winter. We stock up with good quality seed down at a local farmers’ co-op store, and our feathered friends gobble it up in no time flat! My sweet baboo fills up the feeders about every other day. The heat and drought of 2007 in this area were harsh for the wildlife. So that may explain their nonstop hunger.
We have several hanging-style feeders, but the bigger birds love the gazebo one the best. We got it from an Amish woodworker in Pennsylvania about 15 years ago. A yellow-bellied sapsucker has been hammering away at the old wood this season, adding to its weathered charm. He’s a shy fellow, though, who quickly darts away whenever I grab my camera. So you will have to settle for a picture of a beautiful cardinal.
The chickadees are especially fond of the suet cakes.
And, the bluebirds are already scouting out available housing for their new families in 2008.