Monday, June 18, 2007

Wild kingdom!

It's amazing to me the effect that my birdbath and my tiny flower garden has had on the amount of activity in our backyard. When we first moved into our house in 2003, the only birds we saw were sparrows, starlings, pigeons, and crows, which is pretty normal for this close to the city.

This year, we've got robins, blue jays, mockingbirds, cardinals, blackbirds, chickadees, and now - an ORIOLE! I couldn't believe it! I've only seen two orioles ever in Massachusetts in my life, and on Saturday morning, one was drinking from my birdbath. We spotted her (I think) two more times during the weekend. We also watched a heron fly overhead on Saturday afternoon! I wish I had pictures. I'll have to set up a camera and leave it pointed at my birdbath.

I've noticed more butterflies as well - in number and kind. We get a lot of the "plain" white ones, but now we're starting to see other colors, too.

I'm creating my own little wildlife sanctuary in my teeny backyard! :-)


NoVA Dad said...

That's great -- we get the same old birds in our yard (blue jays, cardinals, sparrows), but nothing exciting. I might have to hit you up for some hints on making our yard more inviting to the birds (which I suppose would include getting rid of our two cats:-)

LEstes65 said...

That's awesome. We have lots of grackles in our yard, quite often. Most people hate them here. I love them. And we have these cute little scissor tail swallows. Wish I could see your avian menagerie.

shaun said...

Sounds pretty cool . Of course you know our wildlife around here is pretty diverse. There are always a variety of birds , we have hawks & cardinals, mocking birds,osprey lots of little titmice & such & about a month ago I saw a kite .Any way that is the one thing I really love about Florida. That's really awesome though
I think it's probably really cool for R to get to see different animals too .