December Birds and Flowers

female cardinal in tree
Now is the time of year when I can see the birds in the trees. I remembered twice to fill my bird feeder this week – I am getting better at remembering. The birds like my compost as well – I don’t think they are starving. Above is a lovely lady cardinal in her brown with a bit of red coat.

cardinal at feeder
Here is her male boyfriend who just had something to eat at the bird feeder.

cardinal male and female
Do you see both of them in the backyard tree?

sparrow eats seed
Sparrows are the most common bird in my yard. Here is a sparrow eating a seed on a bush close to the bird feeder.

gerber daisy in basement
Flowers? In December? Here is my gerber daisy plant, resting quietly in my basement. So far, for one month indoors, it is still alive. I fed it some seaweed fertilizer last week. There is warmth in the basement, and I give it water every few days. A little natural light comes through the windows. Will it survive until spring? Stay tuned.

I am reading skimming a book on attracting birds to one’s yard: The Audobon Society Guide to Attracting Birds. One of the suggestions is purposely growing weeds, such as crabgrass. Hm. Perennials suggested for planting include sunflowers, bluebells and coneflowers.

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20 thoughts on “December Birds and Flowers

  • Hi Leora, a lovely series of photos. I often have to remind myself to fill up the birdfeeders. They get through it so quickly. That’s a lovely new photo of you by the way. I loved the one in your hat too but very nice to see more of you, like meeting you all over again 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • Thanks for the comments on the new photo! Yes, I liked the one of me in the hat as well, but I had the opportunity for a new photo, felt it was time, and had a great time at the photo session.

      Happy to know I’m not the only one who is trying to remember the birds. At least our guinea pig reminds us.

  • Wonderful shots of the birds. I’m not sure what the trees on my post with berries are but all the landscaping is relatively new because the museum and park had a major addition and make over. The pond was worked on and the trees planted only a year or two ago so they may be Hawthorn but not tall yet.

  • What lovely photos…I love the sweet female cardinal…less showy than her male counterpart.

    The pudgy sparrow…too cute.

    I hope your daisy plant makes it…

    Great series.

  • Yes, that is a good book for ideas…. I remember that your daughter wanted the gerbers. I should have brought in one of mine…. Yes, I see the pretty cardinals… Michelle

    • I have one coneflower that is still alive, but it is in my front yard. The ones in the back did not like the shade (or maybe it was competition with the other plants or a summer drought …).

  • Leora, I love looking at the pictures of your neighbourly birdies! Very nice that you feed them; my family does the same with cats. LOL They’ve adopted several over the years!

    Where I live it’s hard to see birds at this time of year. The snow and cold weather scares them away.

  • Leora, your cardinals are beautiful. I have a pair that hangs around my feeders and yard. My window tapping Cardinal has finally stopped, I think he learned he did not have any competition with the window. Love your photos, have a happy week!

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