Sometimes I get lazy and sit on the porch, open a window, grab my camera and let the birds come to me. Now that it is summer, I am getting local residents and their offspring. The smaller visitors are the most fun to watch. Here’s a sampling of the little guys that visit the feeders.
It’s nice to see a large number of Black-capped Chickadees at the feeders. They are a favorite for people who put out feeders. They’re small, bold and active. And they stay with us all winter and join us in weathering the cold, dark months. Here’s one enjoying a refreshing bath while another waits a turn at the feeders.
Another small local that stays year round is the Tufted Titmouse. Titmice and Chickadees seem to hang out together.
Love having Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visit. This small visitor does not brave our winters. But it is amazing to think that this 3 to 3.5 inch bird travels from here to Mexico and Central America in the fall and then back again in spring. And that they can cross the Gulf of Mexico in one flight that can last up to 22 hours!
The color of the male’s throat depends on how the light hits it.
Other smaller visitors include nuthatches, finches and sparrows.