|This is a list of all the birds I have seen on or from my property. I know that
may be stretching the rules for a back yard list, but it's my list and I'm making the rules.
This accounts for such birds as Canadian Geese seen flying overhead, and the
Great Egret seen on the vacant lot next to
me. However, most of the birds have actually visited my
property, some more often than others.
For living within city the Oklahoma City limits, albeit at the edge of suburbia, we see a fair and diversified amount of birds. My lot is large (2.5 acres) and the back portion contains a mix of undergrowth, tall pines and various hardwoods. The fenced portion of the back yard is approximately 160' X 160' with a variety of shrubs, trees, and plants. We intentionally planted a number of trees and shrubs to attract more birds.
About 30' off our back deck is a group of three fairly large hickory trees, and that is where I have many of my feeders. A family of Downy Woodpeckers has my suet feeders staked out; they have been with us since we moved in. Each year a new brood is raised. It is fun to watch the parents feeding the little ones suet. If I accidentally let the feeder run out of suet, they remind me the minute I step outside with a resounding "cheep, cheep, cheep!" They are so tame, I can walk to within a few feet of them, and they don't fly off. I have counted as many as seven Downys in and around the feeders at one time, and not a day goes by that they are not checking out the suet feeder. I think of all my back yard visitors, they are my favorites, and they are real hams when it comes to posing for my camera too!
Recently I purchased several feeders from my local Wild Bird Center located at 12325 N. May Ave in Oklahoma City. They carry a full line of feeders and back yard bird supplies. The birds really love their feeders, especially the large and spacious Mobi Ranch hopper feeder seen here. I cannot keep it filled, as the birds have become accustomed to it and are at it all day long. The birds' favorite food is a special blend called "Hopper Mix," containing a blend of seeds, nuts, and grain. It attracts a variety of species including wrens, woodpeckers, jays, finches, cardinals, and other songbirds. They like the open style and being able to feed from all sides. The roof keeps the feed from getting wet and spoiled.
When time and
finances permit, we intend to put in a large water garden. It will have
a waterfall with large flat rocks over which water will flow. This will
be an ideal natural bird bath, and it should attract more birds to our
yard - especially during late summer when conditions are dry and