New Bird Arrivals to the Garden

by Lorraine on December 11, 2008

I have been noticing the last few days, that all of a sudden there are quite a few birds in the garden.   The last couple of months I didn’t see too many birds, other than the usual suspects.   The annoying Mockingbirds, numerous Doves and English Sparrows which are plentiful in the neighborhood.

But now every morning the garden is a birdy flurry of chirping individuals of the avian kind.   It’s amazing their sudden arrival and I’m agape at watching them flitting in and out of the bushes, eating seeds and splashing with abandon in the bird bath.

As of this morning, I have seen House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, Dark-Eyed Juncos and White Crowned Sparrows.  They are flying in and out of the garden, up and down, around the trees and feeding like crazy.   I love to watch their behaviour and antics and they are so distracting, that I don’t want to miss out on anything, so I find myself glued to the windows of my house, looking out into the garden.

I have a bird identification book just for the Los Angeles, Ventura area that allows me to look up the birds that are most commonly or frequently found in the area.   And it’s really very interesting and fun to try to identify the birds that I’m seeing.

The White Crowned Sparrow flies to Southern California from Alaska and Canada where they breed in the Summer.   They arrive in California this time of the year to spend the Winter in our more gentle climate.   Looking at these small birds, its’ hard to imagine such a journey that they undertake but I know that there are many other birds that have much longer migrations.

And the male House Finch, even though they are primarily soft brown in color, have the most amazing florescent copper-orange coloring on their chests and heads.   They absolutely gleam in the sunlight and I can’t get enough of an eyeful to satisfy myself with their iridescencent beauty.

The garden is looking very beautiful right now and with the arrival of my feathery visitors, I feel such happiness.   Regardless of the difficulties that our planet faces and the uncertainly of the future for so many people who are suffering at this time, the garden is a constant.

Having a Native plant garden and seeing the wildlife attracted into it, creates a sense of peace and tranquility and an awareness that all is good and that life continues regardless of our personal situations.

Too may times people defer their happiness, waiting for their circumstances to change.   When they are caught up in this type of thinking, they are actually missing out on life which is quite sad.

Plant a garden any garden, watch it grow, develop and bloom.   And so will you!

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