I woke up this morning and heard an incredible amount of chatter in the back yard. There was so much noise I had to look. There, on top of the shed were two cardinals and one was feeding the other. They were both good sized birds, but on closer examination, one was a baby - just a little smaller that its mother. Female Cardinals make a lot of noise anyway, but this one was teaching her baby how to fly and they were talking back and forth. The baby could fly from the shed to the fence and back, but was really struggling. After a couple of "laps" they landed on the feeder for a treat.
Later in the day I looked out and saw a juvenile male cardinal. He was red like a cardinal, but didn't have the tuft on top of his head. He had a little wisp, like a cowlick that wouldn't lie down. I tried desperately to get his picture, but he was too far away for a good shot.
We are all so busy these days, but it is nice to stop and watch the birds and other creatures in the backyard. This was such a treat and made me smile for the whole day.
Making a bird friendly yard here in Hoover Alabama is not too hard; you need trees, shrubs, water and food. There are hundreds of birds that visit each week, sometime flocks are migrating and are there for only a day. Bird food is on my regular grocery list and of course I have worked on my backyard over time, but the rewards are great.
A bird friendly backyard can be a great selling point if your house is on the market. If you would like tips to get your house ready to sell here in Hoover Alabama, let me know, I'd be happy to talk to you. Give me a call at 821-3312 or shoot me an e-mail at Toni@ToniBird.com.
I hope you get to see lots of birds in YOUR backyard!