Backyard Birds

Nothing too exciting happening around here. It’s been a bit of an off week for some reason but the backyard birds kept right on schedule with their ever entertaining antics.


The tufted titmouse usually arrives in the late afternoon to early evenings.

And once I see the first one, I know to look for the second one. They stick together.

Finally captured a picture of the nuthatch on the regular bird feeder. Wonder what he was discussing with the tufted titmouse?

I think he was perhaps sharing a bit of gossip about the slow eating habits of the downy woodpeckers.

Can’t you imagine him just saying, “Are you done yet? Want to speed things along?” to that downy woodpecker.  You can see another downy woodpecker off to the right in the photo above. It seems most birds around the backyard are arriving in pairs. I even saw another nuthatch one evening.

Lots of doves still hanging around under and sometimes on the feeder. Occasionally, the little gray cat will meander over and ask if they want to play. The answer much to her dismay is always no.

Those mourning doves can be a bit snobbish. The Eurasian collared doves are just shy, I think. Can hardly open the back door for a picture without them taking cover. They flew to the far tree in a neighbor’s yard.

The Hummingbirds

Next, let’s talk about our resident hummingbirds. Or perhaps I should say hummingbird. The fearless guardian of the feeder.

Not much phases this little guy. He sits and guards the feeder. And occasionally makes rounds checking the utility of each “flower” on the feeder.

Here’s a rare instance where you can see him sitting on the fence (a blur in the background) while another hummingbird eats.

He must of have been daydreaming. Usually, at the first sign of another hummingbird, the chase starts. And they zip around the deck and through the garden while he makes his position clear. Then, he returns to the fence and resumes guard duty. Or sometimes he stops to inspect the feeder. If he’s feeling particularly feisty, I sometimes spot him over by the regular feeder making sure all the birds know their places.


Finally, Mr. Flamingo wanted you all to see his new fall fashion.

Other birds spotted this week: sparrows, cardinals, Carolina wrens, heard blue jays but didn’t see them, robins (at work), turkey vultures (while driving), crows (while driving), red-bellied woodpeckers, and my ever present house finches.

Linking up with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’

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16 thoughts on “Backyard Birds

    1. Jean Post author

      The yellow flamingo is a year-round resident here. He arrived last Christmas and decided to stay updating his outfits for each season 🙂

  1. Anni

    love the fun section clipped from the flamingo fashion brochure!! sweet.
    Great birds, I especially enjoyed the two tufted titmouses atop the feeder…like twins!
    Thank you, as always, for taking time from your day to share your bird sightings this week with us. Much appreciated!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! All my song birds like to sit atop the feeder like that. Makes a great perch for them. Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

  2. Eileen Wise

    Hello Jean

    I love your Titmouse, the two posing together are cute. The ones I see here are very shy, they do not like their photo taken. Adorable captures of the hummers. I like your yellow flamingo, he is rare. Enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m surprised the titmice aren’t more skittish. Maybe I was far enough away from them. Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! They are fun to watch, and to hear. Maybe some will sneak up to visit you some time. Hope your week is off to a great start!

  3. P Slade

    We have nothing like your Tufted Titmouse Jean. So interesting to see them. We do have lots of Collared Doves of course. Just like you, I find them quite shy and reluctant to hang around for pictures.

    1. Jean Post author

      They are interesting little birds. I often hear them long before I actually see them at the feeder. I often see lots of mourning doves at the feeders but not as many collared doves. Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! You have lots of birds there I won’t see here as well. Our hummingbirds are only around for the summer and early fall months. Soon they’ll be gone. Hope you had a nice weekend.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! My flamingo was a fun Christmas gift from a neighbor last year. Stuck it in the yard with a big Christmas bow. Hope your week is off to a great start!

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