Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I think I'm the bird lady

Because I teach a lot of backyard fowl classes around here (and wrote a little pocket guide about raising chickens) I get a lot of emails from people asking for help with their birds. I think the birds in the neighborhood have gotten word of that over the years as well as they seem to show up here when they need a little help too. Here are some photos of a few of the birds I've helped/raised. (Please excuse the bad hair days, birds seem to show up when you look least presentable)

Our favorite wild bird of all time, Jasper. We raised him/her from about day 2. Here Jasper's trying to find any remaining seeds that might be stuck on my fingers...

This is Jasper with some newly hatched (unwild) Khaki Campbell ducklings

This was from bring your wild bird to work day. Long time readers may recognize this photo. As Jasper grew up we let him/her fly around and return when he felt like it. I thought he had left for good one morning and was quite sad, until I went to work in my backyard studio and Jasper had flown in through an open door and was there waiting for me.

A little woodpecker

The woodpecker thought my messy hair might be a good place to look for bugs!

My hands are very small, and this hummingbird makes them look like man hands

It's that time of year again, so I'm keeping an eye out for little birds. So far it's just been a few sparrows I've had to help (begrudgingly, as they are a bit of a pest around here). Mockingbirds, my favorite, should be hatching right about now!

1 comment:

AJK said...

Awwww, so cute, I like that the woodpecker is looking for bugs in your hair.

We used to raise birds that had fallen from their nests when we had a giant palm tree in our yard.

We'd raised starlings, sparrows and mocking birds

Most recently, our cat attacked a hummingbird and I caught it just in time before the cat did any more damage. The only damage visibly, was that it's tail feathers were mostly gone. The bird was so frightened it couldn't fly. I let it rest in a bucket and tried to feed him some sugar water until it was ready to fly off.

We don't own any hens or ducks yet so we have nothing on you, I read your blog and get excited about it, but currently we're just taking it a step at a time, getting our raised beds in.

Hope the fires are affecting you too much

Happy almost summer!