Back in late January, AD and I put up some new bird feeders. Although the weather was very cold and we were sure there were hungry birds around, the perches on the feeders remained empty.
AD put an old cookie sheet below the feeders and filled it with seed, hoping that might catch a passerby's attention.
Since then, I've watched throughout each day hoping that some hungry bird would pass by, see the free food and stop for awhile.
Finally, yesterday a couple of red-winged black birds showed up to feed from the pan. I watched intently and finally one hopped up on one of the perches and began to eat. YEA!
I ran to get my camera hoping the birds wouldn't be frightened off before I was able to snap some photos. YEA again - I was able to capture a couple of shots before they flew away.
Note: I apologize for the fact that the pictures aren't very clear. Rather than risk scaring our visitors off by opening the door, I took the photos through the glass.
Today the black birds came back and brought a few brown-feathered friends with them.
Since I'm not very good at identifying birds (because of the size I don't think these brown ones were sparrows), I have no idea what kind of bird hopped up on the perch. See his little tail feathers hanging down on the left side of the feeder? Maybe next time he'll perch on the other side of the feeder and I'll be able to get a better shot.
I'm just glad the word is spreading around the bird grapevine.