The hummingbirds are visiting regularly throughout the day. We only have ruby-throated hummingbirds here in eastern Canada, but they are lovely. This picture was taken through the window screen. Hopefully someday I'll be able to take pictures outside without them flying away!
I've had the following birds so far at the seed feeders, all of which are common here, but it's still lovely to have them visit (since our previous house only ever had chickadees and the occasional robin).
- black-chapped chickadees
- white-breasted nuthatches
- purple finch (male)
- common grackles
- dark eyed juncos
- a warbler (I think) that I haven't identified yet that is mostly brown and white but has yellow patches on the side of its face (the bird ID book hasn't been unpacked yet)
Here's a poor picture of the purple finch taken with my phone - but I was so excited to see it! Sometimes it's difficult to differentiate between the male purple finch and male house finch, but I'm pretty sure this is the purple finch.
So today, I looked out at the little house feeder to see if I had any visitors, and a grackle was taking seed (as usual), but there seemed to be some additional fluttering going on. I wasn't sure if it was another bird on the other side of the feeder. Then I realized, it was another bird INSIDE the feeder! A poor little white-breasted nuthatch somehow got itself inside the house!
Not wanting to stress the bird out any more than necessary, I quickly lifted the lid so he could escape. Here's a little video of my "good deed of the day"!