Each year while browsing garden centers and thrift stores, I keep an eye out for unique birdhouses...these are a few photos of some of them.
You'll notice there is not one nest in any of them...but the trees are full of nests...we are blessed with hummingbirds, cardinals, dove, blue jays, mockingbirds, sparrows and wild yellow finches! This is our second year for a returning pair of small owls, they come out just at dusk, go to the water sources and perch in various places in the gardens! Our lone bat comes out at dark and swoops throughout the gardens all night long!
Recently I noticed that the bird feeders and water sources were not as busy as usual...I watched....I waited...and then I saw what was happening...we have two red tailed hawks! So until the other members of our informal bird sanctuary feel safe they stay in the trees and only come out briefly...so I'll keep an eye out for them....perhaps moving the feeding sources and water sources closer to their natural tree habitats...I mean we must think SAFETY FIRST! Don't you agree?