Sunday, May 23, 2010

New "Neighbors"

There have been some new birds at the feeder since I switched to inexpensive sunflower seeds. I don't know what kind of bird they are (anyone know?), but they usually show up in a group of three--one male, two females.



Unlike the chickadee, who is fearless, these birds are very skittish. The feeder is on the back porch, just outside the kitchen door. If they see me looking at them through the screen door, they fly away. If I'm not looking at them, but they see me move, they fly away. If I slowly raise the camera to my face, they fly away. Fortunately, if I hold the camera in front of my face and then move to where they can see me, they don't fly away. Silly birds.



I also had an unusual visit from a squirrel today, but I was on the phone and the camera was upstairs, so I didn't get any pictures. The squirrel appeared suddenly at the kitchen window, and then started trying to get the window screen to move or tear open. I had no idea what he was up to until I remembered that the open bag of bird seed is sitting at the window. The squirrel left shortly after the cats noticed he was there.

1 comment:

Heather said...

I think they are Rosefinches.

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/715/overview/Common_Rosefinch.aspx