19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
These are the birds who regularly come to our feeders and baths at this time. Yup, a list. We are birders who like our lists.
- Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
- House Finches
- House Sparrows
- Song Sparrows
- Chipping Sparrows
- Red-bellied Woodpeckers
- Baltimore Orioles
- Common Grackles
- Red-winged Blackbirds
- Mourning Doves
- American Goldfinches
- Brown Thrashers
- Northern Cardinals
- American Robins
- Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
I feel like I am forgetting someone… We also will see the Downy Woodpeckers. Brown-headed Cowbirds, Dickcissels, Blue Jays and Starlings on occasion, but not every day. Fifteen species is more than many of the species counts we had for Project Feeder Watch this last winter. It was usually around ten to twelve.
This activity is starting to stress some of the birds. Especially this Baltimore Oriole. We didn’t see this behaviour last year. When a bird landed in the feeder, he would flutter his wings like this. I guess to try and scare the others off. It never worked while we watched, but this did show us how beautifully patterned he is.
I hope I am not repeating myself, a little one built an additional platform feeder. In that one we put the nuts and oh! it was nuts until the Red-winged Blackbird found the new location. He would call and call expecting someone to bring him his nuts. The old platform is filled with sunflower and safflower seeds.
A tree fell down last year on top of one of our fences and finally it was taken care of this year. Papa wanted to get the bulk off the fence, so cut off some of it and leaving the rest as a brush pile. One of the children set a stump in our feeding area, placing seeds on it now and again.
The above is one of two male Baltimores we have. One is bright orange, but this one yellow-ish. I learned that a Baltimore males will not turn the vivid orange until the molt of their second autumn. Sometimes they are able to get mates and I think this one has. He has been seen taking hair from our suet cage.