The Twelve Days of Christmas From Our Backyard to Yours

The Twelve Days of Christmas From Our Backyard to Yours

We’ve all heard of the holiday classicThe 12 Days of Christmas” and probably know it well. From “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” to “Five Golden Rings” and let’s not forget the “Six Geese-a-Laying”, the “Nine Ladies Dancing”, and the “Twelve Drummers Drumming”. 

Twelve Days of Christmas (Wikipedia Commons)
Twelve Days of Christmas (Wikipedia Commons)

 

We have so much going on in our yard, between wildlife and plant life, that I’ve come up with my own version of this classic. It starts out with “A Groundhog Eating Birdseed”… To save time, I’ll showcase the last verse along with some coinciding photos.

The Twelve Days of Christmas from my Backyard

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true-love gave to me… Twelve Baby Birds…

Baby Birds (left to right): Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Chickadee, Red-Wing Blackbird, Cardinal, Grackle, Turkeys, tiny Sparrows, Robins, Sparrow twins, Sparrow triplets, Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jay. (Photos- Karen Hance)
Baby Birds (left to right): Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Chickadee, Red-Wing Blackbird, Cardinal, Common Grackle, Turkeys, tiny Sparrows, Robins, Sparrow twins, Sparrow triplets, Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jay. (Photos- Karen Hance)

 

Eleven Bird Houses…

Various birdhouses placed throughout the yard are home to many baby bird families. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Various birdhouses placed throughout the yard are home to many baby bird families. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Ten Bird Feeders…

An assortment of bird feeders to please every palate. Left to right: Tray, Tube, Nectar, Orange, Hopper (1 of 3), Recycled Milk Jug, Suet, Grape Jelly, Hopper (2 of 3), Hopper (3 of 3). (Photos- Karen Hance)
An assortment of bird feeders to please every palate. Left to right: Tray, Tube, Nectar, Orange, Hopper (1 of 3), Recycled Milk Jug, Suet, Grape Jelly, Hopper (2 of 3), Hopper (3 of 3). (Photos- Karen Hance)

 

Nine Squirrels Posing…

Squirrels posing and sneaking birdseed. (Photos- Karen Hance)
Squirrels posing and sneaking birdseed. (Photos- Karen Hance)

 

Eight Birds on Trees…

Birds on trees (top to bottom, left to right): Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, White-Breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Common Grackle, Gray Catbird. (Photos- Karen Hance)
Birds on trees (top to bottom, left to right): Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, White-Breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Common Grackle, Gray Catbird. (Photos- Karen Hance)

 

Seven Turkeys Gobbling…

A gathering of turkeys eating fallen birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)
A gathering of turkeys eating fallen birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Six Trees-a-Blooming…

Blooming trees attract birds with nectar-filled flowers, many times followed by fruit or berries, provide protection from predators and nesting sites. Left to right: Common Lilac, Hydrangea, Red Crabapple, Golden Raindrops Crabapple, Rose of Sharon, Eastern Redbud. (Photos- Karen Hance)
Blooming trees attract birds with nectar-filled flowers, many times followed by fruit or berries, provide protection from predators and nesting sites. Left to right: Common Lilac, Hydrangea, Red Crabapple, Golden Raindrops Crabapple, Rose of Sharon, Eastern Redbud. (Photos- Karen Hance)

 

F–I–V–E… Sparrows on a Fence…

Five little Sparrows sitting pretty on a fence. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Five little Sparrows sitting pretty on a fence. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Four Raccoons Gathering…

This raccoon family visits frequently and loves to eat fallen birdseed or anything we put out for the other critters. (Photo- Karen Hance)
This raccoon family visits frequently and loves to eat fallen birdseed or anything we put out for the other critters. Captured on my outdoor Nest cam. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Three Bunnies Nibbling…

These young bunnies love birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)
These young bunnies love birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Two Best Buddies…

This little Possum and young Skunk have become buddies and frequently dine together. They love birdseed, peanuts, peanut butter, grapes and apples. Captured with my outdoor Nest Cam. (Photo- Karen Hance)
This little Possum and young Skunk have become buddies and frequently dine together. They love birdseed, peanuts, peanut butter, grapes and apples. Captured with my outdoor Nest Cam. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

and a Groundhog Eating Birdseed!

This Groundhog, while he looks cute and cuddly, has done a lot of damage to my gardens this summer. He eats anything within reach and loves birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)
This Groundhog, while he looks cute and cuddly, has done a lot of damage to my gardens this summer. He eats anything within reach and loves birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

I hope you enjoyed my rendition of this holiday favorite and that I didn’t take too much away from the original. The year is coming to an end soon- take some time to look back on the beauty of your yard and it’s surroundings. Start planning next year’s gardens and think about how you can make your yard more inviting to wildlife. Adding a berry-producing tree, some nectar-filled flowers, a bird feeder, bird house and a water feature are just a few ways to entice birds and critters to your yard.

From our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. We wish you the best for a bright and prosperous New Year! Please share this with a bird watching friend or family member and give the gift of birding that keeps on giving. Happy Birding ~Karen

 

 

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4 Replies to “The Twelve Days of Christmas From Our Backyard to Yours”

  1. Hi 🙂 That was sweet and fun! I am impressed that the skunk and the possum share. The birds are beyond cute. 🙂 I hope you and your family have wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂

    1. Thank you Sarah, the same to you and yours. The skunk and Possum eat together a lot, however, since the bitter cold and snow we’ve been having, I haven’t seen either of them in days. I hope they are ok and warm. I put food or for them every night, just in case they stop by.

  2. I just sneaked some time in at work to view this post. Very cute idea. Great photography. I went back to see which day I liked best. Each time I’d look and think ‘oh, that’s the one,’ I’d look at another day and change my mind.
    Wonderful!!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
    Laura

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