Bird Ramblings

I thought I'd start this new page dedicated to birding. I love to watch, feed and photograph birds in my yard and area. I've got quite a large list of sightings from my yard that I'll share with you. I've been at this particular place for about 14yrs. and I've been feeding the birds here about as long.
 I like to use mostly black oil sunflower seeds which I buy in a 50lb bag. This seems to attract the widest variety. I also use a mix of peanuts, sunflower, millet, cracked corn, safflower. I also make a mix up using cormneal, shortening, peanutbutter and  Red River cereal.  I buy peanuts for two peanut feeders I have and a finch mix for a finch feeder as well as suet for my suet feeders. In the early Spring I make sure to have feeders for the humming birds and the Baltimore Orioles.
Easten Bluebird

                                               MY  BIRD  SIGHTING  LIST

Eastern Bluebird
Oven Bird
Black & White Warbler
Common Flicker
Northern Shrike
Worm Eating Warbler
Brown Headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Indigo Bunting
Red Headed Woodpecker               Rufus Sided Towhee
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Piliated Woodpecker
Wood Thrush
Dark Eyed Junco
Rufus-Sided Towhee
White Throated Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Brown Thrasher
American Tree Sparrow
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
Gold Finch                                      Evening Grosbeak             
Blue Jay
Red-Winged Blackbird
Black- Caped Chickadee
Purple Finch
House Finch
Mourning Dove
White Breasted Nuthatch
Red Breasted Nuthatch
Scarlet Tananger
Ceader Waxwing                   Baltimore Oriole     
Evening Grosbeak
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Eastern Pheobe
House Wren
King Bird
Meadow Lark
Baltimore Oriole
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Common Redpoll
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Gray Catbird
Red Tailed Hawk
Indigo Bunting
Northern Goshawk                                            
Wild Turkey
House Wren
Sharp Shinned Hawk
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
                                           Red Breasted Grosbeak

     So today I saw some Baltimore Orioles with their young. I haven't seen them since early summer so I'm guessing they were busy with feeding young etc. I didn't have anything there for them so I quickly cut up some oranges and placed them on my platform feeder. They should find them soon .
  Also today I watched as the male cardinal fed his female seeds. It was so sweet seeing how attentive he was with her. We should all take a lesson from these two.
   JULY 19th 2011:    It's been a hot week. I've noticed that even the birds have been quiet. The feeders aren't as busy as usual but the bird baths are getting used regularly. I have 8 differnt water sources that I change every day for them. The Robins especially like to take a bath. The water will attract the non seed eating birds so that you get a greater variety in the garden.
  I've also make sure to plant berry bearing shrubs and trees to attract those fruit eaters. I put out orange halves for the Orioles as well as grape and apple jelly and nectar feeders. Hopefully this heat will break soon.