Monday, July 4, 2022

I Figured It Out

For some time now, I have noticed a lack of birds on my yard. Where there used to be so many birds, that the feeders needed filling constantly, now, it is almost rare to see a bird at the feeder.

This Thrush passed through in early spring and posed just long enough for me to get a shot.



Thankfully, even though I don't have many birds, the evening sky often is painted in the most beautiful colors.



Sitting, proudly atop one of the spruce trees is the culprit who is discouraging the other birds.
This  Merlin and his mate have set up housekeeping in a nearby tree.Yes, their family needs food, but do they have to get that food on my yard? I miss my birds.



I will say that the Merlin is a beautiful bird. Since he seems to be the only bird around for most of the time, I will get photos of him.



There was a time when the yard was full of Goldfinches as well as other birds, but this spring I have seen just a couple.
I guess I must look on the bright side, at least I'm not spending large amounts of money on bird food.


 To Think About:

Lord, use me today to bring someone hope, a lighter burden, encouragement.

18 comments:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful photo of the merlin! We have a lot of Magpies this year for some reason snd they are scaring off the hummongbirds. One day two magpies chased a squirrel all over my yard and up and down a tree. I think the squirrel was trying to steal their eggs in their nest

Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never seen a Merlin. Are they a type of Hawk? Does anything special set them apart?

happyone said...

At least you figured out what was going on and you certainly got some great shots of the Merlin.

Becki said...

Ooooh... the Merlin sure looks regal. As much as I love all the birds we get, I wouldn't mind spotting such a wonderful bird here. :)

Marie Smith said...

I love the Merlin especially! Great shots!

Hootin Anni said...

Even tho the Merlin's are keeping others from visiting your yard,I would feel very privileged they chose "me" for raising a family so close by. Love the evening sky Ruth!

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

I am not familiar with a merlin, but I assume it is a bird of prey ! Interesting that you figured it out why you are not seeing as many birds. The merlin is grand looking.

MadSnapper said...

that happened to us about a year ago, no birds except mr and ms Hawk. they are starting to come back now a few at a time and we have not seen or heard the screams of the hawks for a couple of months. Hope your hunters move on to another hunting ground and your birds come back

John's Island said...

Your experience with no birds around the yard is interesting and relates to something I learned in just the last few months. You will probably know, from my blog, that this spring I was following the FalconCam here in Seattle. That camera is mounted on the 55th floor of a building downtown and keeps an eye on a Peregrine Falcon nest where the mother brought 4 little Falcons into this world. As the mother was feeding the little birds I wondered what it was that she was feeding them. Did some research on Google and discovered that Falcons feed off of other smaller birds. It amazed me to see the mother bird fly away from the nest and return in less than 5 minutes with fresh food for the little ones. They are apparently expert at capturing the smaller birds. Let’s hope that after the Merlin young have fledged, and their nest is empty, the other birds will return.

Debbie said...

wow!!! gorgeous birds!! the goldfinch, our state bird, was my favorite!! i'm happy to see you today!!

George said...

You got a couple of beautiful 'mug shots' of the culprit responsible for your lack of birds this year. Hopefully the birds will return after the culprits move on.

Barb said...

That merlin family is putting the fear into the smaller birds! Hopefully, when the young fledge, they'll move on and your other birds will return. Your photo of the merlin in flight is beautiful.

photowannabe said...

Fantastic photos but I can understand how much you miss the little birds. That Merlin is quite regal and looks like he really "owns" your yard.
Terrific goldfinch shot. I do hope they return.
Sue

Gardens at Waters East said...

We are so lucky here. We have more than a dozen different species of birds nesting in our trees and bushes, some only feet from the house. From Humming birds to American Eagles - so many sizes! I do not put out any food for them. I figure there is enough natural seeds, flowers, etc for them to want to be here - and it works. I know that I am lucky. Have a great balance of what they need to call this place. home at least during the nesting season.

Mary said...

Great merlin photos! Hope to see more. I've only seen one once before. How neat to have a pair.

Rose L said...

We always have lots of birds. I am enjoying the goldfinches, stellar jays, scrub jays, hummers and lots of others.

Barwitzki said...

Thank you for your wonderful photos.
We have a lot of birds here in our garden... and then in summer I especially love the swallows - with their fast flight -
The fields are being harvested now... and between the farmers stride the storks and in the air the birds of prey to get quick food.
Nice time now - the summer.
Many greetings to you. Viola

William Kendall said...

That sky shot is stunning.

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