American Kestrel, male
I know everyone needs to eat but please don’t eat any of the sweet birdies I feed, Mr. Kestrel.
And this is what I feed “my” birds daily:
- Suet Cake (1)
- Orange (1~halved)
- Grape Jelly
- Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS)
- Sugar water for the hummingbirds (4 feeders)
The Orange-crowned Warbler (above) really only eats the jelly anymore.
The towhees eat everything but the thistle and hummingbird food.
Same for the thrashers and they seemed to be working on a nest the other day although I couldn’t locate it.
Anna’s Hummingbirds, males and female
Bugs and nectar for these guys.
Mockingbirds are bold, aggressive birds yet they seem shy around the food. They will eat everything but the thistle but I don’t see them come to the feeders very often at all. They watch and wait before they come in to have a bite.
White-crowned Sparrows, adults and immature
These guys eat nothing I put out but do like mulberries. It will be a couple months until we have mulberries, though, so we’ll see if they stick around. There seem to be 4 of them.
Gila Woodpeckers, female and male
These woodpeckers love the oranges but will also eat suet and BOSS. I don’t think I’ve seen them in the jelly yet. But the male is so loud when he arrives, announcing to everyone that he is here, and the female sneaks in without a chirp. Many people I know say they drink from their hummingbird feeders but I’ve never seen them do that in our yard.
Pretty much oranges only for the Verdins now that the only hummingbird feeder I had that they could drink from broke.
These doves are hogs, especially in the BOSS feeder, knocking all the seed to the ground. When they leave in the summer, the White-winged Doves show up and they’re just as obnoxious. Oh, yes, we have pigeons, too; same for them, obnoxious.
House Sparrow, male
Everyone’s favorite invasive species eats everything I put out except the thistle. They’re raucous and plentiful but I don’t really mind them much. This guy was after peanuts which I put out once in awhile for a special treat.
House Finch, male
The finches eat everything, including thistle, but they’re so pretty, I enjoy them.
I guess I’m lucky because some people complain that starlings, another invasive species, are feeder hogs. We have a few starlings but I’ve never seen any eat any of the food. I do enjoy the sounds they make; it sounds like a happy circus when they’re around.
Lesser Goldfinches, males and females
And these little cuties, so different from the House Finches, eat only thistle. I love that they like the swings. They sit on them while they wait for an opening on the thistle socks.