Feeders will draw birds for easier viewing all year long but when snow blankets the ground birds will descend on established feeders in droves. Provide a variety of natural or natural appearing perches nearby that takes advantage of the natural light and you will have a perfect winter bird studio.
The song sparrow and the white-throated sparrow in the above photographs both posed for me today on a multi-flora rose bush overgrown by an unidentified vine.
A tree standing beside the feeder provides a multitude of branch perches such as the one used by the above chickadee.
Female Northern Cardinal
This female cardinal perched on a broken poke stalk during a snow storm. I am particularly fond of poke weed growing near my bird feeding areas as it not only provides a good variety of photogenic perches but feeds the birds as well.
I am always in awe of your photography!
A great way indeed to capture the birds. Unfortunately here in Australia, most of our trees are evergreens and there is so much feed for the birds all year round that they are not interested in feeders except for the more destructive parrots and I rely don't want to encourage them to breed to plague proportions.
I look forward to your winter bird parade!
Great idea! Pretty birds and beautiful photos.
Love these natural perches. Great shots.
Natural perches are always the best, and you have a nice variety. My feeders have been very quite this year. Normally I have tons of Redpolls at my feeders, but not this year--the Redpoll count is way down in our area. We had a late spring and they are early nesters, and that may be part of the problem, but we also had a big windstorm in November that knocked all of the seeds off of the birch trees, then we had ice that covered the seeds on the ground. That's their primary food in the winter, so looks like the flocks have went someplace with a better food source.
Beautiful Coy! THe last one I am not sure we have it in Sweden. Very nice!
Your photos are gorgeous!
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