I am now filling six feeders outside the windows of the therapy office and treatment room and the steady stream of feathered visitors amuse staff and patients alike. When I started work on Friday morning, a patient was waiting to alert me that the finch feeder needed attention. My co-workers took a money collection in a styrofoam cup for more bird seed and peanuts. The Chickadees and Nuthatches are the boldest and most amusing birds, while the Cardinals and Downy Woodpeckers bring the most oohs and ahhs.
Occasional hospital feeder visitors...
Blue Jay, Pine Grosbeak, Pine Siskin, Redpoll
Regular hospital feeder visitors...
Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Redpoll, Goldfinch, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Doves
and those persistent squirrels!
The one window feeder has been a consistent squirrel target and their antics have delighted observers most of all. I was working on another floor when our social worker told me I had to come downstairs right away. A squirrel had managed to take a well aimed leap from a small branch of a nearby shrub into the window feeder. The rodent filled the feeder completely and was happily gorging on sunflower seeds.
The feeder has been moved...again.