I intended to write this article a month ago, but it was warm then and the subject didn’t seem important. Now it’s cold again and the seed heads I purposely left in my garden are either depleted or frozen to the ground under the weight of the snow we had a little while ago.
What am I talking about? I’m talking about feeding the birds. A few weeks ago my yard was full of woodpeckers, cardinals, blue jays, chickadees and, yes, a couple of either very tough or very confused robins, and I enjoyed watching them. There were other birds too, but I don’t know what they were. They all seemed to have plenty to eat and foraged under the leaf mulch around the bushes. Now the yard is a frozen wasteland – no birds, no squirrels, at least nothing I can see.
I haven’t put out bird feeders, but I did put out muffins that we forgot to eat, hoping to entice the little feathered darlings to come back. Well, the dog ate what she could reach and the rest sat there for a week. I didn’t see any birds, so I brushed the crumbs off into the snow.
Here are some tips from the National Wildlife Federation:
Maybe this weekend I’ll put out birdseed, or at least a pan of warm water once a day.