|Gold Finches early this winter. Their feathers become bright yellow in the summer.|
|Brandon's Dream Catcher - Summer Tanager|
During the winter months, I feed the birds. The seed mixture is sold by The Wild Birdhouse in Topeka. Once the feeders are filled, the word spreads through the bird communities in a day or two. Soon there is a crowd waiting in all of the trees. Sometimes there are indigo buntings, cardinals, gold finches, and blue jays all waiting their turn and adorning the drab winter scenery with their brilliant plumage. The cost of the seed is a small price to pay for such a rainbow of living color in the dead of winter.
There are three different types of woodpeckers, chickadees, vireos, sparrows, titmice, and juncos. Sometimes a lone quiet dove will come in, too. The birds may fuss a bit among their own kind, but there is no open warfare between birds of a different feather. Everyone just naturally gives way to the blue jays except the titmice. Maybe they are cousins. It is the woodpecker who commands the most respect from everyone. Though I have never witnessed violence from the woodpeckers, no one is willing to chance that there might be violence, apparently. Even the blue jays defer to them.
Another upside to this small investment of time and money is that in summer months I am lucky to see such surprising jewels as this summer tanager in the same trees as an indigo buntings. (None of those photos turned out.) The tanager was establishing his territory right outside my bedroom window in a loud, serious dispute with a rival male. As he was savoring his triumph, and perhaps resting, I was able to take his portrait.
This morning this blue bird was perched in the redbud trees right outside the office windows. I am not certain if he is an indigo bunting or a blue grosbeak.
|I do not know for sure what this bird is, except beautiful!|