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I've always loved watching our winged pals. The Gold Finches have been feeding on my coneflower and black eyed susan. The Blue Jays seem to love when I put out cracked corn. "Everyone" loves the black sunflower seeds; mourning doves, starlings, sparrows, chickadees... Robins stick around for the worms on the lawn and in the beds.

This has been a great butterfly season. I planted fennel in addition to our butterfly bushes, aster, and so many other butterfly species. I saw the Monarchs, Black Swallowtail, Viceroy, little white and yellow ones whose name I forget, and skippers of every type.

I noticed a lot of dragonflies this year and saw a dwarf blue variety that was nothing short of amazing!

What have you seen?
(09-28-2010 07:50 PM)VincentUlyssis Wrote: [ -> ]I've always loved watching our winged pals. The Gold Finches have been feeding on my coneflower and black eyed susan. The Blue Jays seem to love when I put out cracked corn. "Everyone" loves the black sunflower seeds; mourning doves, starlings, sparrows, chickadees... Robins stick around for the worms on the lawn and in the beds.

This has been a great butterfly season. I planted fennel in addition to our butterfly bushes, aster, and so many other butterfly species. I saw the Monarchs, Black Swallowtail, Viceroy, little white and yellow ones whose name I forget, and skippers of every type.

I noticed a lot of dragonflies this year and saw a dwarf blue variety that was nothing short of amazing!

What have you seen?

We tend to have a lot of finches in our trees and bluejays in our yard. I think that in the 13 years that I've lived in this house, I've only seen 3 hummingbirds. I used to leave food out for the birds, however, we have cats, and we came to the realization, that leaving birdseed out, was really setting up a smörgåsbord for the felines. So I had to stop.

When I married my husband, he brought a Blue Front Amazon Parrot with him. However, that is a whole other story. It was very interesting though. I know for sure now, that I prefer seeing birds flying around outside, and not squawking and talking in the house.
I saw two hummingbirds this summer. One was feeding on Purple Salvia. Very cool!
I've seen more butterflies this year, especially monarchs and painted ladies. I'm partially responsible for the painted ladies...my students raised a batch in the spring, and then released them. They are native to the area, but haven't been seen much until recently.
Took a Monarch to the sternum at a buck-ten yesterday on K96.
We went to Daytona back in July, and just outside of Louisville, Kentucky we hit a small flock of hummingbirds for some reason. We were so upset because we have been TRYING in vain to attract them to our back yards with no luck. I have seen one hummingbird in our yard in the 2 1/2 years we have lived in this house, and I think that poor guy was kiding from the neighbors dog.

Does anyone know an exact surefire method of attracting those little guys?
I saw them feeding on the Bee Balm (red) and the purple salvia. They love red nectar in particular. They sell feeders that are pretty successful.
Lot's of finches particularly in my birch trees lately. Blue Jays are quite active. What are you seeing now?
Ahhh saw me an Oriole, a couple Blue Jays, and a number of Cardinals yesterday. No I aam not talking baseball. I took a motorcycle ride to Freedom Rock. Its a big rock that a local artist paints every year in a veterans motif. Check it out at freedomrock.com. Anyway there is a sitting area next to it, and I sat there for half an hour talking to the locals and watching birds.

Also saw some pheasant. Hmmm.
Oriole! That's so cool. I hardly ever see them. Saw a gray bird with posture like a robin but white in the wings. Not sure what it was but it sure was majestic.

Pheasant. Ever eat it? Pretty good.
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