A true birder would laugh me out of the room. I do have a friend who has a "life list" where she keeps track of all the birds she sees and when she sees them. But, I am not one of those.
I started feeding the birds and then just kept at it. At first I fed as much to the squirrels as to the birds themselves. But I have a better feeder these days and the squirrels only get a little.
This is a snowbird, a junco, that only comes around in the winter. I am not sure where they go in the summer. They leave when the robins come back.
The blue jays were wiped out by the West Nile virus, but they are coming back.
My very favorites are the mockingbirds. I put out suet in the winter for them. We mostly get sparrows and mourning doves and I didn't get a picture of those. Occasionally there are goldfinches and chick a dees. In summer I have flowers that attract hummingbirds. They like the cannas and the hardy athenas.
Thanks for watching the birds with me.
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