Through the years, the forsythia bushes that form the boundary between our back lawn and the woods have been the favorite hangout of the songbirds. I used to wonder why, but over time, I’ve more or less deduced that these bushes have a lot of edible material in them. They are dense enough so that the predatory residents of the woods can’t reach them. And maybe, it provides some shelter from the cold.

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Little bird in the thicket
Little bird in the thicket




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All of these were taken in winter from my window in the early hours of the morning when it was cold and usually, snowy. In the summer, I know they are there, but the leaves make them invisible. Which, I think, is the way they prefer it.

20 thoughts on “BIRDS IN THE BUSHES”

  1. Beautiful shots of the birds — your cardinals are spectacular! (we have a few yellow birds and a few with some blue, but most of our songbirds are finches and sparrows!)


  2. One thing I always admired was your red cardinals. The only thing near ot it in our area would be the robin and they are very shy. I once had a lesser spotted woodpecker that visited regularly once a day for a share of the winter food, but otherwise it is the usuals that turn up. They are quite easy to photograph, as we do not live in a forest area, but as soon as they notice movement they fly away.

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    1. We never have more than one cardinal at a time. They are very territorial birds, so if two males meet, they will fight. One morning, when Kaity was little and we were standing at the top of the driveway waiting for the school bus, we saw two cardinals and I said, “Watch, there’s going to be a fight!” and there was. Aerial warfare. Amazing feats of flying prowess … and the invader left. We don’t seem to have a cardinal this year. The catbirds and juncos seem to have taken charge, but the balance of power changes often. The robins have not been back since the neighbors poisoned them a couple of years ago, but I’m hoping they’ll return after a while. I told them, it wasn’t us, but I don’t think they trust us anymore.


    1. Yes, thank you, they are beautiful. We see them more when the weather is very cold — which it hasn’t been this year, except for a couple of days. If it isn’t very cold, they fly around more, but when the temps drops well below freezing, they huddle in the bushes and don’t move much. I guess that’s how they keep from freezing.

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    1. Yes, it is, and I chased that little bird around the property. They move so fast and so much, I could always hear him — the loudest bird of its size — but I could rarely see him. Finally, got’em. It was a triumph. A small one, but still, I take my triumphs wherever I can πŸ™‚


    1. I don’t know if they were particularly cheery. It was very very cold and everything was covered in ice and snow. We left them bread, but I think it didn’t help much. They survive, but i don’t know how they do it. I guess feathers are warmer than they look. But they are so tiny and almost weightless.

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