Birds

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Above is a photo of bird feeders in my garden. As birds come to the feeders and I’m able to get decent photos of them, the photos and whatever interesting tidbits of information I have gathered will be added to daysingarden.

For vital information and background on birds in your area, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology web site is excellent. Audubon Society sources are also indispensable, of course.

Many of the bird descriptions found in daysingarden are thanks to Birds of New Jersey: Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela. My copy of this book is worn out from so much use.

I have always had some sort of bird feeders if I possibly could. I loved, and still love, the cardinals and bluejays who come to feed. Otherwise, I usually joked about all the LBJ (little brown job) birds and thought some day I would learn to distinguish them.

So, recently I joined Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch. There’s a good web site for it if you are interested. With the information they have provided to me, I am now using their online forms to report the birds who visit my feeders. There’s definitely a learning curve involved in doing this if you haven’t been a birdwatcher all your life, but the effort is worthwhile. I hope to describe my experiences of becoming a proficient birdwatcher as I add photos and information about the birds in my garden.

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Daisy and Christmas tree

Project FeederWatch sent around a great suggestion after Christmas: instead of putting your Christmas tree at the curb for recycling, prop it up in your garden for shelter for the birds. I wrapped some twine around mine to secure it to a Japanese maple tree, as you can see in photo above. You’ll also notice Daisy in the photo, a 2-year-old yellow lab who is my best buddy and constant companion in the garden. You’ll be seeing her again.

I also heard the Christmas tree idea on CBS2 News, so it’s a popular new thing, I guess. A good idea although I have to admit I haven’t seen any birds using it yet. Another larger effort at recycling Christmas trees is going on down the Jersey shore. They are using old Christmas trees to catch sand to rebuild the dunes. They put the trees between two rows of snow fence where they want the dunes to form. Wow. Lots of uses for Christmas trees. I would still like to buy a tree with a root ball for Christmas and plant it afterward. That would be a huge project.

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