Good, Bad, and Ugly Birds

Back yard bird season is winding down a bit. I’ve spent the weekend debating if I should continue filling my feeders. Currently, I’m planning on leaving out the suet feeder and one smaller feeder filled with safflower seed (replacing that with a cheaper bird seed not my best idea!). And adding a hummingbird feeder. My main issues are the current visitors switching from my beloved songbirds to ones of a bit more unruly nature. Open to suggestions over here.

Ready to hear about the good, bad, and ugly birds I’ve seen in the backyard this week? Let’s start with the good.


Yesterday, one of my very favorite birds surprised me at our feeders. It’s only the second time I’ve ever seen a Baltimore Oriole around the feeders in my own backyard!

Not the best pictures as I was so excited! Only managed a couple quick shots before this beautiful bird left the feeder. I do wonder if I’ll get lucky enough to see this gorgeous bird again. Last year the one who stopped by briefly got a prompt send off from an annoyed cardinal. Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles don’t get along?

Going all the way back to Sunday of this week, I spent a long time trying to figure out what these tiny birds flitting around high in the oak tree might be. They never stayed on the branches very long. Pretty certain, I’ve a pair of yellow-rumped warblers here. (Also shared these photos on Monday because I was so excited)


Last week’s mystery bird, a cowbird indeed! And more than just this deceptively charming pair. I’ve read up on these birds and am not happy to have them in my yard.  They’re interesting to observe but not so interesting that I’m not ready for them to leave! And they’ve brought their friends, the grackles with them. I do think grackles are prettier birds but they’re much too greedy at the feeders. Finally, the house sparrows are doing me in with their bickering and bullying of my other birds.  Instead of a picture of those annoying birds, here’s my favorite red-bellied woodpecker who takes no flak from those annoying sparrows. She could teach the downy woodpeckers a few lessons. They always back down from the fight with the house sparrows. Makes me so mad.

Ready to talk about the ugly. It gets uglier than brown headed cowbirds? Yes.


So it’s not really a bird but this little fellow is emptying my feeders with annoying speed as well. And on another ugly, though not pictured subject, the nuisance birds mentioned throughout this post aren’t as polite as my songbirds. They tend to do their “windshield business” all over our backyard deck. Another reason I’m thinking it’s time to pull the feeders for the summer. Makes me sad for the songbirds.

Because I don’t want to leave you with crappy thoughts (ha!), here’s a final photo of a little white-throated sparrow. He seemed to be posing for me last Sunday. A goodbye pose? I hadn’t seen (or heard) one since I took this quick snap. Until this morning. I saw one very briefly on the fence. They’ve mostly moved on from our area. A sure sign summer’s on the way!


Any advice on my nuisance bird woes welcomed. Other birds we spotted this week: hummingbirds, the brown thrasher, robins, blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, Carolina wrens, house finches, and nuthatches.  I saw a hawk of some sort while driving and of course, the standard flock of geese down by the pond. What birds did you see this week?

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni of I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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6 thoughts on “Good, Bad, and Ugly Birds

    1. Jean Post author

      I don’t mind them when they aren’t eating all my birdseed. Hope you’ve had a nice weekend as well.

  1. Linda Walcroft

    Yes, it is time to take down the feeders. There is plenty of food in the wild now. Here we have to worry about attracting bears! I have taken down all but a suet feeder filled with red pepper suet and a thistle seed feeder for gold finches. Normally those are down in mid-April but we are staying home so much, I have stretched out the season.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about bears here. Just raccoons and possums. I’m going to try and ease the birds away from my feeders. Switched back to all safflower seed. Hopefully, the other birds get the hint and leave. I’ve been doing quite a bit more bird-watching than usual this spring just by being at home as well.

  2. Anni

    I tend to feed ours year ’round tho don’t fill them as often in the Summer (too hot for me to be outdoors much. That’s my excuse & I’m sticking to it) Love all your images, the good, the bad and even the ugly!

    Thanks so much for joining us at I’d Rather B Birdin this week!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! We got out a bit today and so I was able to pick up some of my regular safflower seed as well as a hummingbird feeder. Will have to see how it goes. Hope you had a nice weekend.

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