For the Birds

Home Inspector with Helm Home Inspections

I have shown a number of photos of my gardens on this blog.  We grow these gardens, obviously for the beauty and enjoyment they offer us, but we also grow them to provide food and cover for wildlife.  We are visited over the course of a year by many birds.  Numerous water birds, including Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Wood Duck and Bittern visit our pond.  Red Wing Blackbirds nest at the pond.  We have had nesting hummingbirds, primarily Anna's and assorted Woodpecker's visit our large trees (including Three Toed, Ladderback, Downy and the occasional Pileated).  A large variety of songbirds also come to visit regularly.  I won't try to name them all because there are so many.  One of my favorite visitors is the berry eater Cedar Wax Wing.  They come in flocks in the Spring to gorge on the Holly Berries and return in the Fall to gorge on Mountain Ash Berries.  Over the weekend, I discovered an injured Cedar Wax Wing.  Don't know what caused the injury, and ultimate death of this beautiful bird, but it did afford me the opportunity to see it up close and take a picture.  I offer that as today's ration of beauty.

Cedar Wax Wing

As always, thanks for looking.

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David Helm, Inspector, Helm Home  Inspections Bellingham, Washington  Licensed Home  Inspector #272                                                       WSDA  Licensed Structural Pest Inspector  #69844                                                                                    

Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Sounds like a great little nature preserve you have there.


Jun 03, 2008 09:36 AM
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

Hi Michael, Thanks for stopping by.  Yes it works very well as habitat.  It's amazing to wake each morning to the song of many birds.

Jun 03, 2008 09:40 AM
Collette Lee
Tower Realty - Riverside, CA

Sounds absolutely wonderful, and it is a great thing you do there for those beautiful birds.  Very nice, and thank you for sharing it with us.

Jun 03, 2008 09:43 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi David,

What a beautiful creature. I'm sorry to hear that it passed, but glad to know that someone out there tried to help. Have a great day. Michael A. Caruso

Jun 03, 2008 09:45 AM
Gerri Weits, PA
Commercial Realty Team - North Palm Beach, FL

I love Cedar Wax Wings!  Your property reminds me of my former home in Valley Forge, PA.   The birds became a major addiction for me - even had wild turkeys.  Consider adding some water features to your property - birds love it!  Thanks for the post!

Jun 03, 2008 09:49 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

David      I would be willing to bet the bird was F.W.I.......flying While Intoxicated....from the mountain ash berries, and not wearing a seat belt. Good thing he didn't hit anyone else on your property. I don't think your homeowners insurance would cover that if you were at fault for providing the substance....if the Mountain ash is on your property.

Jun 03, 2008 09:49 AM
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

Chuck, wrong time of year for Mountain Ash.  This guy was surfeited on Holly Berries.

Commercial Realty Team, Don't know your name, but we do actually have a large (120 feet by 60 feet) pond.  It gets a lot of action year round.

Michael, Thanks for the kind comment.

Tower Realty, Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

As an aside, I would like to see the names of people visiting.  It sounds so impersonal to address someone as Tower Realty or Commercial Realty Team.  Thanks

Jun 03, 2008 09:58 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

Mountain ash does produce the new berries in the fall, but alot of them stick up on the trees thru the winter if we don't have a good freeze. Thanks for the pictures.

Jun 03, 2008 10:30 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

That must be so amazing to see so many different kinds of birds all the time. The only bird I see is a cardinal that has been flying into my window for the past 5 years, literally. Kind of sad...

Jun 06, 2008 04:16 PM
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

Chuck, I understand that at some places mountain ash berries last through the Spring.  On my property, they are completely stripped by the Waxwings every Fall.  Same with my large female Holly in the Spring; completely stripped.

Hi Deborah, thanks for the nice comment.  Shore birds are tough to photograph, especially the sandpipers.

Cindy, yes it is amazing.  There is a major wetland just across the road from me and my gardens have been designed to provide cover, habitat and food.

Jun 06, 2008 04:28 PM
James Wexler - Scottsdale, AZ

birds are wonderful animals. I loved bird watching as  a child with my father  - hope all is well

Aug 29, 2008 06:09 PM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

My garden also attracts a number of birds. Hummingbirds are especially abundant. Great photo. As an avid photographer you may want to consider setting up a phot blog on The Wordless Blog (will open in a new window); several AR members have. It is FREE and allows you to network with other photo buffs. I need to disclose that I am an owner/administrator of the site.

Mar 22, 2009 03:27 AM