One of the most wonderful things that can happen when attracting wild birds to our backyard bird feeders and baths, is seeing an unusual bird or rare bird.
Recently I received an interesting question about bird feeding. After I had answered the query the reader told me a very interesting story about a bird that visited her feeder all summer. I responded with a story of my own and I thought everyone might be interested.
Thanks for getting back.
By the way I had Western Meadowlarks feeding on my
hummingbird feeder this summer. It was crazy to see this big yellow breasted
bird on the feeder. Of course it was spilling syrup all over the place.
She kept coming everyday and would sit on my patio table and
then hop up onto the feeder.
I kept trying to get a photo of her because people didn't
believe me but she was too wise. There was a male around too that had beautiful
orange coloring. The orange was as dark as an oriole. I was not sure what it
was but it must have been the male meadowlark.
I think that maybe she had some babies too, although I never
really saw them.
Unfortunately, I did see a large hawk come down on the grass
in the back and swoop up a small bird. I am pretty sure it was a baby
meadowlark because I could see some yellow in the downy feathers. I saw the
hawk sitting on the fence with this small bird on the post. Had to keep reminding
myself that this was nature!
My Unusual Bird Sighting
It is fascinating to see what birds our feeders and
especially bird baths can bring to our outdoor space.
I have had different
types of Warblers, a Black-and-white Warbler and a Yellow Warbler over the
years come to my seed feeders, which is unexpected considering they are bug
eaters like Meadowlarks.
But most wildlife are opportunists first or they would
probably not survive.
I also had an experience with a Hawk taking advantage of my
feeding station this summer.
A Sharp-shinned Hawk took a Starling from my
I didn't actually see it but heard the poor Starling squawking.
looked out the Hawk had moved to the side yard and was plucking his prey.
Like you I had to remind myself that this is was lunch for
the Hawk and he probably had tried several times unsuccessfully before this
I filmed it but I have not posted it on my website as it is
a little difficult to watch even though Starlings aren't the most liked of wild
Thank you for getting back to me and sharing your
Hope you all enjoyed these tales of unusual birds at
backyard bird feeders.
Please tell your stories too!
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