Thursday, April 29, 2010
Bird life discovered
Having recently revitalized our hummingbird feeder, we're now receiving multiple visits from several of these sweet little birds. At one point this morning there were two of them circling and dipping their beaks into the little nectar cups. We feel so lucky to be able to watch them feed, and it's happening many times a day. This is the one that comes most often. She's quite large and not particularly colourful. I haven't identified the type of hummingbird she is yet. But she is very sweet don't you think?
It even looks as though there may be a nest in the plum tree outside our kitchen window. We haven't actually spotted the nest but I can hear the hummingbird sound coming from the tree--a distinctive clicking chatter. Plus they seem to fly up to the feeder from the tree and then return to it.
Now that we've started watching the plum tree we're also seeing other birds hanging around in it. Today there was a beauty with a striking yellow colour on its neck and wings. And then there's a big fat chickadee that hops around from branch to branch plucking caterpillars off the leaves. I'm all for that.
I think it's time to get a bird book and find out more about local birds. What an honour for us to be able to observe part of their life from our window.