I was going through old pictures this evening, trying to clear some space off of my memory card, and found these shots I took of the bird feeder this summer, with bluebirds and cardinals feasting on the sunflower seeds, safflower, peanuts, and suet. I had to use the maximum zoom level on my camera, but I think they came out pretty well considering I only have 3x optical zoom and I was standing in the kitchen at the time.
It’s been a real treat hosting all kinds of birds in the yard since we started setting up feeders a year ago. We’ve seen cardinals, bluebirds, tufted titmice, chickadees, robins, various woodpeckers, catbirds, juncos, sparrows, and finches. The chickadees and titmice in particular have become accustomed to my presence as I work in the garden, so I’m able to get an up-close look at them while they perch and eat. Even more satisfying is seeing them fluttering and hopping around inside the shrubs and trees I’ve planted. I don’t think I’m far off from being able to designate my garden a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat.