December 25, 2006

Holiday Wishes

Christmas is supposed to be a time to celebrate peace, yet this morning the news is all about the numerous wars around the world. We certainly live in a time to try men's souls.

So for my holiday post, I thought I'd share a couple of pictures I took that can bring some color and light to our day. First of all, my azalea seems to be a Christmas azalea, one that loves to bloom in late December. It's a lovely bush that cheers me when I step out my front door.


Next I had some really nice birds visit my feeders today including the first red-breasted nuthatch I've seen coming in to compete with the black-capped chickadees. As this picture shows, the platform feeder is a temptation for the fat squirrels in the neighborhood.


Other visitors that came to my yard today: a bewicks wren, stellars jays, dark-eyed juncos, house finches and those cute chickadees.

May you have a day filled with friends and family. Here's wishing for peace on earth and good will to all mankind.

Posted by Mary at December 25, 2006 11:18 AM | Miscellaneous | Technorati links |

You might consider a few niger thistle bags as the finch crowd will go nuts over the bounty. A way to accommodate squirrels is to head out to the Cali Oak woods and gather a few bushel baskets of acorns to toss out. The playful bushy tailed rodents will be so excited they'll forget to bother the bird feeders.

A bit of cracked corn on the ground will also excite ground dweller species but I'm not sure wether it'll cause a rat problem in Los Gatos.

Posted by: Chris Rich at December 27, 2006 05:01 PM

I used to like house finches, but I fed three new broods last summer and now they run in a packs of twenty or more.

I've seen five species of sparrow, at least. Those guys are hard to tell apart -- you have to look for small differences, and they never sit still. The Audibon society frowns on Audibon's own method of identification, which is shooting them for identification purposes.

The squirrel doesn't bother me much, but there's a cat that's staked out our bird feeder. It's got two birds that I know of for sure. I bought a slingshot but haven't been able to zap it yet.

Posted by: John Emerson at January 4, 2007 04:46 AM