Birdies flocking together

Cara-caras in Elias Calles
Cara-caras in Elias Calles

We drove down here with a 5 pound bag of bird food. Burt was feeling tolerant of my whims. Usually he says, “Too much. Buy it there.” I only bought it because I was afraid I would forget to buy some here. As soon as we were situated I put out some seed. It was a cheap bag of food and nobody came. I tried a couple of locations. Nothing. All the other bird features were busy but sugar water only attracts a subset of feeder birds and I wanted to see more varieties. I despaired. Maybe my food was spoiled or just not to their tastes?

Last week our friend Bobbi asked us to come to her place and help her identify her birds. It was on our way to her house that we spotted the pair of cara-caras sitting in the dead palm. As we sat there on her porch and watched a veritable flock of birds dining ten feet away I realized my mistake. It wasn’t the food. It was the location and type of feeder. The bowls were too exposed and the table was too close to our trailer. I made one small change. I placed the food in a piece of driftwood and hung the driftwood on the fence. The feeding station is two feet further away from our trailer and higher off the ground. The next day there was a seed eater on it. A very shy cardinal flitted in and out taking a seed at a time. The day after that four new species of birds were in the yard: Black headed grosbeak, house finch, phainopepla, pyrrhuloxia.  Yippee skippy!

Moral of this story, same as all the rest: Don’t give up.

Cara-caras in Elias Calles
Female Cardinal
Cardinal at take-off
Cardinal and black headed grosbeak
House finch and orange crowned warbler taking a bath together. I wonder what the missus will say?
House finch, hooded oriole, and orange crowned warbler. The bath is very popular.
Northern mockingbird and a hooded oriole squabble over who’s turn.
Scott’s oriole, hooded oriole, house finch in line.
New feeder with cardinal
New feeder with cardinal



12 thoughts on “Birdies flocking together”

  1. I had to look in my bird book to find Vermilion flycatcher. We saw so many in Big Bend or a park nearby that we were “ho hum, another” but I could not think of it’s name. I just knew it was RED. Love the pix of the birds! I’ve seen all of those here, send them on up!

    Oh wait, I’ve seen Scott’s oriole [our fav bird] and Bullock’s oriole here.

  2. Dad exposure to nature was negotiations centered on grass cutting and stacking clandestine fire wood from suburban 1970s developments under construction .
    His somewhat misplaced enthusiasm for big horn sheep is legendary, starting with the family trip to Colorado in 1983. I believe we score a “0”. Having never actually seeing one

  3. Welcome my witty and smart brother to the blog! The bighorn sheep issue was resolved in November 1992 outside of Yellowstone Park. I still tell people I hate collecting firewood because of our clandestine foraging in NJ.

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