My husband and I love watching the wildlife on our property. I never know what I'm going to see each time I look out the window! Since we enjoy the wildlife so much, we became a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. To become certified you must provide four things: food, water, cover and a place to raise young.
My goodness, who is this I see? It's Charlie the Pug, one of our six dogs. The dogs enjoy keeping me company while I'm working in the garden.
This pitchfork makes a nice holder for apples and other fruit. I've seen Cardinals, Mockingbirds, Sparrows and Finches eating the apples.
We have several birdbaths in our gardens. We keep this one heated in the winter so our feathered friends can always have a bath and get a drink.
The suet feeders stay very busy in the winter. We provide several varieties so that different types of birds will visit. Remember, it's best not to use suet in the heat of summer as it tends to turn rancid.
We have two feeders filled with sunflower seeds. Not only are these seeds great for the birds, but I've found that if I throw some of them in the garden, I can grow some beautiful sunflowers!
We also put out unsalted peanuts. The BlueJays love these.
Here is a Dove couple sitting near a Bluebird house. The Doves love to visit the sunflower seed feeders.
Mr. BlueJay looking for his peanuts.
One of the dozens of Cardinals that visit. They love the sunflower seeds, suet and apples.
Cedar Waxwings love fruit and insects.
Last, a picture of one of the hawks that come by. I always know when one is around because all the other birds take cover in the bushes and trees. This is Mother Nature at work!
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the wildlife in our garden.