"The Garden Cafe" is open for business, and it looks like everyone's having a squawking good time! "Filet of Sunflower Seed" is the spring special, and "Flower Power Nectar" is the signature drink available at the bar. The locals are gathering and the tourists have begun to arrive (they fly in from as far away as The West Indies and Canada). Here's a list of my top five garden locals/tourists. This is hard because I love them all. Here we go; I’ll give it a try:
I never could choose a favorite feathered friend until I met the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (don't tell the other birds). It was my immediate favorite from then on because of it's beautiful plumage and it's lovely song (the song of a Robin sung by an opera singer). This tourist flies in from as far north as northeastern British Columbia.
One of the locals, the Cardinal, is on the favorites list because of the male's striking red plumage complete with a super-hero black mask (I just love accessories). Did you know this species was named after the red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals? I didn’t know that until I was preparing for this post. Isn't blogging great?
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are some of my little tourists who fly in from as far as The West Indies. Rumor has it that the same ones come back to one’s feeder each spring. I often wonder where mine traveled while they were gone. I imagine them flying over The Gulf of Mexico. These feisty little "dears" are very territorial, so there’s a lot of warring that goes on over feeder rights. Actual dive bombing takes place followed by the little warriors chasing each other around the garden chirping threats all the while. There have been plenty of little feathers "ruffled" around here. However, hummingbirds have a sweet side too. They’ll eat from your hand if you train them. I often hear my hummingbirds hovering right behind me when I'm changing their feeder.
The Carolina Chickadee is one of the little locals. I don't even have to write anything about why I like them. The photo says it all.
I want to train my chickadees to do this someday. I'll have to work on establishing more of a rapport with them than me just filling the feeder. It's time to socialize the little locals.
I'd love to hear about your feathered friends. What are some of your favorite birds?
Hope you're having a great weekend! :-)