Thursday, February 4, 2016

For the Birds

One of the things we enjoy most about living at the old Boggy Thicket is the presence of a large variety of birds - from Hawks to Doves, and everything in between.  We actually host  two species of Hawks, and at least three types of Woodpeckers.  A couple years ago we actually had the only Baltimore Oriole I've ever seen visit our Hummingbird feeder.  We are not ornithologists, not even amateur bird watchers, but we do enjoy seeing them.
Rather than list the variety of birds we do have, it might be easier to mention the ones we don't.  Two that come to mind immediately are Sparrows and Pigeons.  
Pigeons abound in downtown Houston - so much so that an umbrella could come in handy near City Hall.  Just 22 miles to the northeast of downtown as the crow flies (couldn't help myself - we are talking about birds)  we have never seen a single Pigeon here at the Boggy Thicket.
In the last couple months, our bird feeder has drawn the first Sparrows we've ever seen here.  They never seem to get in the feeder, but we often see them on the ground below, picking up whatever the other birds have spilled out.

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