We've had a love of birds and birding for years, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for a variety of birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife.
Besides the many hummingbirds in our home landscape, we enjoy many other species of birds as well.
Our backyard aviary features a number of different ecological environments. Located in the country, it backs up to hundreds of acres of forest, with nearby fields, pastures, and wetlands. It is registered by MonarchWatch.org as a certified Monarch Waystation.
We've included in our sanctuary several types of bird-friendly plants. And we utilize many types of bird feeders stocked with a standard seed assortment, thistle, black sunflower seeds and suet logs. And of course we offer multiple bird baths and drinking stations.
During all of the year, we enjoy the Chickadees, Titmice, Doves, Cardinals, Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, Kestrels, Bluebirds, and Wrens. The dead trees in the wooded areas provide shelter and nesting places for the Red Breasted Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and Flickers. In the winter, we are treated with visits from migrants such as Goldfinches, Juncos, and Warblers.
Enjoy our photograph albums of our favorite backyard birds ...
Up close and personal with a beautiful Mourning Dove
Up close and personal with a beautiful male Northern Cardinal
One of our favorite backyard birds ... The Chickadee
Goldfinch ... a frequent backyard visitor
A beautiful Titmouse ready to dine on a black sunflower seed
Junco in the backyard
The beautiful, berry-loving Cedar Waxwing
The incredible Roadrunner ... looking for lunch during the summer
|Up close and personal with a lovely Pine Warbler
A Pine Warbler on the bird feeder on a cold wintry day
The Hawk watches carefully over the backyard aviary
A Blue Jay stops for a drink at the bird bath
We love to watch the woodpeckers! Here a Downy Woodpecker (left)
and a Red-Breasted Woodpecker (right) share a spot on a tree trunk
Bluebird checking out a new home!
Bluebirds enjoying the birdbath!
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This White Throated Sparrow migrated south for the winter, but maybe not far enough!
A Sparrow deals with life during a brutal, cold winter day
More photographs of our favorite backyard birds ...