Window Bird Feeder

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.5, 1/200 sec, ISO200
“Carolina Wren” Cedar Park, 2020

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Several months ago, Mariko bought me a bird feeder that uses suction cups to stick to our home office window. It took a month or so before the birds discovered it but they now come daily to grab a few sunflower seeds. What’s really nice is that I can go right up to the window, and the birds don’t even notice me, so I can get a close-up view of them.

I thought today’s visitor was a Bewick’s Wren, but upon closer inspection, I noticed it had a lot of orange, so I’m guessing it’s a Carolina Wren.

I hope you had a great day!

またね~

First Hummingbird!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 135mm, f/1, 1/2000 sec, ISO3200
“Hummingbird” Cedar Park, 2020

Within a day of replacing our fancy green hummingbird feeder with an inexpensive red feeder, we finally got our first ever hummingbird visit! It was so exciting to see and add to my life-list of birds (#26). How exciting!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec, ISO5000
“Hummingbird” Cedar Park, 2020
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec, ISO5000
“Hummingbird” Cedar Park, 2020

Birds of North America

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 135mm, f/1, 1/120 sec, ISO400
“Bird” Cedar Park, 2020

Today’s photo is of a bird (a female house sparrow perhaps?) that has been frequenting the north-facing window. We’re not sure why it likes to come by, but the cats are very interested!

Speaking of birds, I binge-watched all the episodes of Birds of North America. This series hosted by Jason Ward is excellent! Each episode is interesting and the topics are surprisingly varied. Definitely worth watching!

I hope you had a great day. またね~

White-Winged Doves in the Backyard

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/170 sec, ISO200
“White-Winged Doves” Cedar Park, 2020

This summer, our backyard deck has become something of a zoo, with many different types of birds, pesky squirrels, and even lizards. Most times, it’s pretty quiet, but at about 6 pm, it becomes a madhouse! I really love to see the small birds hanging out with the larger ones. It’s so fun!

Recently a pair of white-winged doves has been coming by for water and a bit of food. I haven’t paid doves much attention since they are very common, but they are actually very interesting! Not only do they move more slowly and gracefully than the other birds, but they have really nice markings, especially when they spread their wings.

I hope you had a nice day!

Broken Feeder

Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 42mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Carolina Chickadee” Cedar Park, 2020

Our antique-store mason jar bird feeder that we’ve been using in our backyard fell this afternoon and shattered on the deck. I think the screw-eye that was drilled through the base of the jar just came unscrewed due to the twisting of the feeder during bird activity. It’s all my fault because I didn’t keep an eye on it. Oh well. Luckily we have a few jars that fit onto the base, but I am unable to drill thru the base to re-attach the screw-eye. After a bit of thought, I used some wire to make a little harness which seems to be pretty strong. I really like this little bird feeder, and don’t want to get rid of it.

Truth be told, I ordered another bird feeder before I fixed the old one. I suppose I could still cancel it, but it is inexpensive, and I’m curious to see how it performs. I’m not sure if we have room for both feeders, but I’m sure I can figure something out. 😃