Horrah! The bird that Jan has seen in her garden has been identified –
I got a kick out of your private email in which you suggested the dark-eyed junco as a candidate for the bird I saw on my deck in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. I had been doing lots of research on the web and had just decided the best candidate is the slate-colored junco.
You did a great job of suggesting a junco on the limited information I gave you.
Here is a picture.
The breast of the pictured bird is much lighter than that of the bird I saw. Some internet pictures show slate-colored juncos with darker breasts. The light beak also fits with my bird.
The slate-colored junco is suppose to be very common in my area at this time of year (I did not grow up here so didn’t know this – had never even heard of juncos). They like to visit bird feeders. They are known as snow birds and will soon move north.
Sorry I don’t have a way to get a photo.
Thanks so much for your interest and help
I’m really glad the puzzle has been solved and it’s been really interesting for me to think of a bird in a USA garden and then think or our garden birds. Bird watching and feeding seems to be the same in a lot of places.
Some of the bird feeders I use to feed the birds in my garden are just a bit old but they still serve their purpose which is to be a safe haven for birds to eat food.
I thought I would show you some of my garden and some of my bird feeders.
You do not have to spend a lot of money to feed birds. When you invest in a bird table or feeder it will last for years. Just look at mine.
Bird Table with roof –
old bird table
I used this bird table for years and years. The legs are rotten. I now lean it against a tree to keep it propped us.
Open top bird table
I put the birdtable near our laurel hedge (the hedge is evergreen and gives shelter to a lot of birds)
bird table sheltered by a hedge
This hanging feeder has proved useful.
Hanging bird feeder protected by a meshed cage
CLICK HERE FOR A REVIEW ABOUT THE CAGED BIRD FEEDER AND HOW TO BUY
There are loads of differnt types of bird tables and bird feeders to choose from but basically they all do the same job – they feed birds. If you do buy one they will last a long time.
There are many types of bird feeders. Some are open, some are squirrel resistant, some are caged to keep out the larger birds and predators.
There are also many types of bird tables. Some are open topped and some have a roof.
The two bird tables in the photos serve their purpose even though they are old.
More photos in future weeks.
Early this morning when I went out side, the invisible wind had blown a ground feeder across the garden and blown a birdtable over.
It is the kind of morning where the wind blows my glasses off – they didn’t blow off but the wind was so wild it nearly happened
It is the kind of morning where the bird food will blow off the bird table as soon as I put it on – so I put on some millet soaked in fat (the fat binds the millet and makes it heavy)
It is the kind of morning where I’m glad I have two hanging bird feeders that hang in the shelter of some branches where the wind does not get to.
It is the kind of morning where I’m amazed that the birds can chirp so cheerily when the wind is so wild and the weather cold.
It is the kind of morning where I am amazed at the power and sound of the wind. I had to walk against it and the wind really did howl in the trees.
All the outside jobs are done for the moment, time for a cuppa