We have been feeding birds for years and its one of our greatest joys. This year we were blessed with a great amount of yellow finches and we live in town. The next year my husband built a feeding station for them that holds 3 thistle sacks and has a large tray underneath to catch all the thistle works out really well.
We live in the far north so our bird variety is limited. Pine & Evening Grosbeaks are regulars in the winter at our feeders along with chickadees and squirrels. The color on the backs of these birds is intense
The swallows arrived a couple weeks early this year before repairs were made to their houses. This particular home housed a batch of swallows and is now occupied by a house wren. It is visible out the window of my living room, so fun to watch them come and go with sticks and then bugs announcing the arrival of babies.
I took this picture using my wingscapes bird cam and did a tiny bit of cropping to bring the Blue Jay into tighter view. I thought you might like to see this amazing bird a touch closer. Taken from approximately 18 inches away.
This picture was taken in my northern California backyard on December 31, 2006. This birdhouse was actually occupied by house sparrows the previous summer. The birds on the nearby tree (plum tree) are goldfinches, which are regulars in my backyard during the winter months.