Yes, it is true....I am a bird nerd!!! I love my feathered friends. I feed them, I set up habitats for them, provide nesting boxes, and I photograph them too. I keep journals of migration habits, and I keep track of the bluebirds and how many fledglings they have. I order mealworms by the thousands to keep them well fed. I make nectar by the vat full, every few days to keep my orioles and hummingbirds happy. I keep my binos by the big picture window in my living room to grab quickly for when they do something to interest me. I collect nests from the orange grove after nesting season is over, and I spray them with bleach and then dry them and bring them in for decoration in florals and in my Christmas tree.
I find it very relaxing to watch the avian activity that surrounds me. And I absolutley love to hear the birds sing their songs all day long. Thirty years ago, I used to tease Greg about watching birds. Now look at me. The bird nerd of Corona. One of my biggest thrills was watching a Bald Eagle while on vacation this past summer at Bass Lake. And one of the most beautiful birds that I have yet been able to photograph is a Wood Duck.
So go ahead, put out some feeders, maybe start with a little hummingbird feeder. Or maybe a thistle sock to attract beautiful American Goldfinch. Or some suet in a tree to bring in Woodpeckers. A bluebird box to help rebuild the Western Bluebird population. If you build it, they will come!
Below is a photo I took this evening of a nest full of baby Western Bluebirds. I watch Mama and Daddy Blue rush mealies and insects and worms in all day long to feed their hungry brood. Soon, they will fledge, and Mama and Daddy Blue will build another nest, and have a second brood. If I am lucky, perhaps a third.
Aren't I lucky?