I'm so glad you're here and I hope that you
enjoy your visit.
I'd like to share with you one of my greatest delights.
Feeding the birds.
I must confess that I enjoy their sweet company so much,
that a few years ago, I began feeding
(and watering) them all year long.
They are my little friends.
Guess who's coming for breakfast..
dinner.. a mid-day snack
and a sip of refreshing, cool water.
The Tufted Titmouse
and sometimes others...
We go through A LOT of birdseed!
Depending on the temps,
I sometimes feed them as many as 4 times a day.
At times, there are between 50-100 birds at one time.
The surrounding yard and sidewalk are thick with
sweet, hungry creatures.
I enjoy hearing their chirping and chattering
and sometimes scolding each other.
They are such a joy and I get
great pleasure out of knowing that I'm helping them
fulfill their basic needs of gathering food.
And in this dry, harsh country, it's not easy
for them to find water.
A few weeks ago, during a very cold snap, I
ran out of seed!
I was not going to let my friends go hungry
and so I did a little online research
to come up with some alternatives to seed.
It was interesting and enjoyable to
put together a healthy assortment of
food for them.
Here you see:
peanut butter and jelly
chopped pecans and walnuts
cornmeal mixed with quick oats
And since the cornmeal and oats are so dry,
I drizzled a bit of coconut oil over the mix.
Chopped banana is one their favorite foods!
Sometimes, I take a frozen one out of the freezer,
thaw it, split the peel open and just set it on the
sidewalk. They eat it up! I'm sure the natural sugar
is a treat and gives them a little extra energy to burn in
that cold weather.
The next round was popcorn...cat food and chopped
up sunflower seeds.
~On a winter's morn, joy flies in on the wings of birds~
I'm sure if you feed birds on a regular basis,
when you come out, your little friends are waiting for their
food. Some folks may use feeders, I tried that but I find them
too small for all the bird friends and families to
gather around. And it's so convenient to
just walk out my back door, and scoop and toss.
"Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do.
Their young ones are hungry, their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you"
It's a simple gift
to be still and watch these gentle, little
creatures find their way to my back doorstep.
And to have them stop and take a rest from their flight, wherever
they're going. The water flies from the bird bath and
the pan as they dip and splash and spread their
little wings to shake off the water.
I just LOVE to watch them bathe.
It's so sweet and serene and they look SO happy.
Then they hop out and make room for
the next one!
I hope that life is being good to you
and that you're finding your own
delights on this winter's day.
I'd love to hear! Please, do tell.
Thank you so much for coming by and may the rest
of your week be filled with good things.