Thursday, November 12, 2009

Feeders and Sunlight

One of the few things I did today (after recuperating from a night of battling a bug?), was to fill up the tray feeder. It seems the birds prefer that feeder and there's not as much waste. So...should I get another one?
Anyway, while I was out there, I heard a significant fluttering in the trees behind the garage. At first, I thought Tinkerbell was hunting; but she was only a few feet away from me. Then I saw lots of birds flying out of the trees in that area and a second later....a beautiful hawk or falcon! ! ! It took my breath away! I don't know how it got in and out from behind the garage, but the take-off was spectacular! I'm sorry to say - no camera and no identification - it all happened so fast. :(
Meanwhile, I have a flock of juncos right now, plenty of house finches still, a few gold finches and the rare sparrow - so I'm filling the feeders regularly. It's fun to see all the activity out there again.
I am thinking about moving the feeders across the driveway. If you look at past photos, you will see, that especially in the winter, the sun rarely hits the feeders. They are only 6 feet from the house on the north side. Across the drive, the sunlight is there almost all day. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? Initially, they were positioned to be part of a sanctuary I was planning - but my plans have changed and the dream won't be coming true - at least for now.


Jayne said...

My feeders have been eerily silent as of late for some odd reason. The sun hits that area most of the day, though I do have some feeders on the other side of the house that only get the evening sun before sunset, so I am not sure it makes that much of a difference.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The birds won't care where the feeders are but you on the other hand must have them wherever it is best for you.

Diane said...

Thank you Jayne. I went through a dry spell a couple of months ago. I hope your feeders are busy soon. ;)

Diane said...

Thank you Ruth. Either place works-I won't be able to see them up close, obviously, but I think more light might help against mold and mildew and if I ever get a better camera ;) the lighting would be better across the drive. Bless you!