Lesser Goldfinches
Lesser Goldfinches

It’s way overdue to talk about my photography and my backyard. This post will address both.

My daughter’s school’s yearbook submission deadline happened to be this week. I like to contribute to this project by taking photos at various events, and also by designing a few pages in the yearbook. This year the school’s annual Culture Expo, which showcases Africa this time, is happening a few weeks earlier than usually. Therefore, I was able to take some images during the first three days (of the total 12), and the yearbook will now portray this unique school event as well.

There is a lot happening in my backyard, too! It is full of life. Plants are growing, flowers are blooming, and most importantly, it is giving “home” to numerous wild birds. They don’t nest here (yet), but between dawn and dusk there are 5-30 birds present at any given time. They started coming the week we moved into the house: I placed a bird feeder in the backyard on the first day. Then, I added a few more… We are up to six feeders now, and they – as well as the flowers and the little bugs – attract a large number of birds. They include the White-Crowned Sparrow, the Lesser Goldfinch, the House Finch, the Costa’s Hummingbird and a few Doves. It gives me so much pleasure to watch them eat, interact with each other, and fight for the food and territory. There is not a dull moment in our backyard now. Luckily, many of these birds are also wonderful songbirds, and by now I learned to recognize their songs.

The most touching moment about them happened a few weeks ago, when I noticed, that the House Finches started bringing their babies to us. It just felt awesome to know, that we were able to provide a safe environment for these tiny creatures for their everyday life.  I also should mention, that some of the birds learned to trust us enough to land on the feeders a few feet away from us when we are sitting outside. It’s a really fun thing to watch birds eat without using binoculars. (Click the images to enlarge. Close new window with X in bottom left corner.)

House Finches and a Lesser Goldfinch
House Finches and a Lesser Goldfinch

 

House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches are sharing a feeder
House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches are sharing a feeder

 

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