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It was a dreary rainy day out and I was wondering what to do with my time. I heard a loud racket outside of the kitchen window so I walked over to see what was going on. There were a couple of House Wrens sitting near a birdhouse that I had installed just outside the kitchen window.

I have bird houses around the edge of the lawn and have been photographing birds using a blind that I set up in the yard. Several years ago I decided to try and put up a bird house just outside the kitchen window and near the deck and see if I could attract nesting birds. If I was successful it would make it much easier to photograph the birds. The first year I had a pair of Eastern Bluebirds use it for their second brood so I was able to photograph them from nest building to fledgling. The last few years no one wanted to use it. I was excited that some wrens wanted to use it although I was a little apprehensive that their constant singing would wake me up in the morning.

 

The male appeared to be doing the nest building and the female was cheering him on with her constant singing. She was also fluttering her wings much like young birds do when they are excited about being fed by their parents.

This process went on for most of the morning and into the afternoon. At several points a male sparrow turned up and started looking at the nest. Since I preferred having a wren use the nest I opened the window and hollered at the sparrow. After a few visits he seemed to loose interest.

The male continued working on the nest. The female would fly to the house periodically to inspect the nest.

By mid afternoon they seemed to be done working on the nest. I gather that the male puts a few twigs in the house and the female then checks it out. If she likes it she will fill the house with twigs and finish the nest.

I kept watching the house for the next week but didn’t see any more activity on the part of the wrens.  I checked the house and found about a dozen small twigs. Apparently this wasn’t good enough for the female. About this time a pair of Eastern Bluebirds started looking at the house. They had just fledged their first brood at another house at the edge of the lawn. I had been photographing them feeding the young.

House Sparrows started showing up at my feeders a few years ago. I think they came over from the neighbors farm.

During a recent snowstorm I had quite a few House Sparrows turn up at my feeder. Generally they feed at the neighbors farm but I suspect that pickings are slim with all the snow we’ve had.

 

The last snowstorm brought a large number of House Sparrows to my feeders. For some reason I don’t like House Sparrows and would just a soon they don’t show up at my feeders. I had photographed birds on the farm for 15 years and never saw a House Sparrow. Apparently they stayed over at the neighbors farm. A couple of years ago they started showing up in large numbers. Earlier this fall I had removed some large evergreen trees from around the house and that seemed to discourage them from coming over. Unfortunately they recently started showing up again.

 

 

Some of the other birds at my feeder during the recent snowstorm.

Dark-eyed Junco

House Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

 

 

 

With the arrival of summer birds start bringing their fledglings to the bird feeders. Here a House Finch is feeding its insistent fledgling.

A male Northern Cardinal is feeding its fledgling.

A Downy Woodpecker feeds its fledgling.

This House Sparrow Fledgling was sitting at the feeder waiting for a parent to arrive. He was a stitch to watch because he kept falling asleep and almost falling off of the perch.

This Downy Woodpecker fledgling was alone at the feeder for quite some time and seemed to be bewildered by all of the activity at the feeder.

 

House Sparrows are my nemesis and for years they stayed over at my neighbors farm. One year a few of them turned up at my feeders. Now they are the dominate bird at my feeders.

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In between our fall trips I managed to get a few bird photos on the farm.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

House Finch

House Finch

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

I continue to photograph birds ad my bird feeder. The weather has been too warm to ski so I spend my time photographing birds.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

The first blizzard of the year brought many of my birds back to the feeder. There is nothing I enjoy more in the winter than photography birds during a blizzard.

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

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