Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lisa's Garden Watch

The only good bird picture I got today was of the bird I have in a cage outside and it isn't real and actually the picture isn't all that good but it will go well with my pitaful list of birds I had at the feeders during a one hour watch that Shirl encouraged us to post this weekend. You can read more about the project she is participating in here.
Carolina Chickadee - 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
House Sparrow - 50
House Finch - 15
Song Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Mourning Dove - 3
Northern Cardinal - 4
Gray Squirrel - 3


  1. Hi there, Lisa :-)

    Thanks for joining me with both a count and post - love the photo :-D

    You must get a lot of birds visiting usually when you sound dissapointed with your count. I completely understand how frustrating it is when the hour you pick to do this ends and then all the birds come to the feeders!!

    Thanks again for taking part. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :-D

  2. "Wonderful bird, the Norweigan blue....beautiful plumage..."

    Hopefully you're a Python fan and don't think I'm nuts. :-)

  3. The bird in the cage is beautiful - too bad there weren't any of this particular variety outside our windows!

    Your list is impressive - we have sparrows here and that's about all we see when it's so cold.

  4. Our birds may as well look like that for all the attention I pay to them! I am very neglectful of birds.

  5. Lisa, don't feel bad. I didn't even participate in Shirl's count because of the deranged Mockingbird...

  6. Like Shirl, I thought your count was great and you were not that happy with it! Since your alert about the sparrows, we had quite a few more than on my count, but I could not be sure of type so left them out. I am on the hunt for the definitive photo of the song sparrow, I think that's what it is. But looking in the Peterson book, see how many similar striped ones there are. Must use the tripod!

    Frances at Faire Garden

  7. You are most welcome Shirl.

    Tee hee Jodi. This bird is definitely of a diffrent feather. Norweigan Blue. A good description.

    I just love the bird cage too. Some years I have had it inside during winter. My house is too full for it really. I always dream of having a parrot. I have the cage but not the bird. This is ok too becauese it is difficult to find a dog sitter let alone a bird sitter. I would have to be at home all the time.

    EAL, I am sure your birds appreciate your organic gardening practices.

    Mary you will have to plant some more berrry bushes for your mocker. Our mockingbird protects the holly and pyracntha berries. This only affects the Cardinals and they get in there and get their fair share.

    Frances you obviously have all kinds of good birds in your garden. Sorry if I got you all in a fizz about those sparrows. I can be wrong you know.

  8. So funny..when I opened your blog I thought the bird was real at first glance. I was pretty envious there for a split second!

    When I read posts about birds and bird watching, I have second thoughts about those 6 cats we have.....

  9. Sherry, as long as your cats are inside or are supervised outside there is nothing wrong with cats. I just hate when people let their cats run wild. They are suseptible to danger from traffic, dogs etc. Not only that they can't help themselves they must hunt. Birds and butterflies are fair game to them. Too bad they don't hunt mice and squirrels exclusively.

    I could tell you a funny story about that bird. Hmmmm Maybe that should be a post.

  10. Alright Jodi, I give. What is a Python. I don't know what that is. Is it a hockey team or something of that nature??

  11. Dear Lisa,
    You have a nice group at the feeders! I am crazy about the Nuthatches as they are new to my backyard. I also was tickled by your bird in the cage. Very pretty bird and so easy to care for!

  12. Late comin' back, Lisa...but yes, a Python is a Monty Python's Flying Circus fan. There's an excellent skit that John Cleese does about a dead parrot; google 'Monty Python Parrot sketch' or do a search on YouTube for it--I know it's there but don't have time to go look for it right now. It's one of my favourites!


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