I love gardening and I love birds and the two go hand in hand.
At our last home in Seattle, our yard was a Certified Wildlife Habitat, which means it was wildlife friendly; we planted native shrubs and trees, had water sources, and feeders. I hung nectar for the hummingbirds and seed and suet for the others, but it was the chickadees that captured my heart.
I didn’t take many pictures in those days so I can’t find any of the birds. But I did manage to find a few of my garden to share.
At our new home in Renton – it will always be new to me though we’ve been here 12 years – we’re surrounded by evergreen trees. We’ve also added shrubs and water sources, including a stream that turns on with the flip of a switch where birds come to drink.
I still love the chickadees. I hear them calling to one another in the trees above before they drop down for a drink.
They share their home with other regulars
and even welcome rare golden headed visitors.
And how could I forget the beautiful Anna’s hummingbirds who come by daily to feed?
Now before I go, I have one more thing to show you.
A few years ago we noticed one of our evergreen trees was dying. We had an arborist come and take a look and he suggested that rather than removing it, we should leave a snag for the birds, as nature does. We’re so glad we did! The flickers love it. We even had an owl one night – what a treat! 🙂
Sharing this with Sunday Stills Challenge because it’s National Bird Feeding month and I’m a bird feeder! 🙂 .