On a drizzly June day, a young robin lighted on the branches of a downed tree right outside the sliding glass door and stayed for quite a while.
As I snapped pictures of the young robin, its parent arrived with a sweet treat.
The next day I noticed the bright yellow of a male goldfinch in the branches. When I zoomed in on him, however, I realized that he was with his duller-hued mate.
The little lady finally turned to face the camera!
The starlings raised a sizable brood.
Starling young look a lot less like their parents than robin young.
Since our house is surrounded by farm fields, no neighbors care if we let a small portion of the back yard become overgrown, and this has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a variety of birds and other wildlife. Another benefit is that tall grass and wildflowers absorb more carbon dioxide than a short-cut lawn. Would you consider dedicating a small portion of your yard to a wildflower meadow?