Sunday, November 16, 2008

Back Yard Birding

Seems I'm on a roll today with posting. I thought I would share my second favorite past time with everyone. Fishing is #1, but "birding" run's a close 2nd. The great thing about birding is it doesn't require anyting more than a pair of eyes and a little observation. Sure, you can get some binoculars and a book on birds definately helps, but really, all it takes is some time and paying a little attention to what's around you. You don't even need to leave the house. The kids love it too, and they usually are better at it than I am.

Here in Sacramento, we usually have about 20 birds that regularly visit our yard all year long.

1. Purple Finch

2. Anna's Humming Bird

3. Chirping Sparrow

4. Scrub Jay

5. American Mocking Bird

6. American Crow

7. House Sparrow

8. Lesser Gold Finch

9. Gold Finch

10. Morning Dove

11. Bush Tit

12. European Starling

13. Black Pheobe

14. Oregon Junco

15. American Robin

16. Northern Flicker

17. White Crowned Sparrow

18. Nutall's Woodpecker

19. Autoban Warbler

20. Hermit Thrush

21. Cedar Waxwing

22. Yellow Billed Magpie

And on occasion, we get a few special visitors:

Coopers Hawk

Rufus Hummingbird

Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Red Tailed Hawk

Slate Junco

Ruby Crowned Kinglit

If your like me, once I start doing something, I usually need to take it to the next level. So the birding actually led to the photography. Here are some pictures of my back yard friends

Being outside checking out the birds with the kids just naturally leads to them checking out other things in nature. Anything I can do to pry them away from the TV has to be a good thing. Here's just one of the 5 squirels that hang out in our back yard

Here's a couple praying mantis procreating!

So be sure to get outside and visit with Mother Nature! And as always, thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone enjoys the birds!


1 comment:

Gaston said...

who have take the picture ? you !! so nice !