My Little Chickadee!

 

“Birds … are sensitive indicators of the environment, a sort of “ecological litmus paper,” … The observation and recording of bird populations over time lead inevitably to environmental awareness and can signal impending changes.” — Roger Tory Peterson

 

 

 

Carolina Chickadee

 

 

 

 

These tiny little cuties, year round residents  and  common feeder visitors, delight in eating black-oil sunflower seeds.   Quickly making  seed selections, they depart to the security of a branch to eat their treats.  Feeder placement near trees and shrubbery will help attract these and other vulnerable species .  The Carolina chickadee diet is not limited to seeds. The petite cavity nesters also consume insects and spiders. Listen to their call and learn more about Carolina Chickadees by clicking here.

Picture Perfect Pollinators continued….

        “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Aristotle

Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red.   So don’t be surprised when wearing a red shirt and having that morning cup  of caffeine on the back deck .  A face to face confrontation will certainly get the juices flowing.

Bird bander and hummer expert, Bob Sargent, noted that hummers visit the same feeders on almost the same day every year.  So keep the feeders clean and ready for these remarkable visitors.  Bob graciously identified this photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird.  Ruby-throated females and immature males do not have the brilliant red feathers on the throat area.  Rest in peace, Bob.

For more information about ruby-throated hummingbirds visit the Audubon site at
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/ruby-throated-hummingbird