2 weeks ago
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Feeding the birds in winter is such fun. They seem as though they are my pets, because I miss them so when they aren't around. I feel responsible for them when I'm not home, and have to designate someone to come by to put out their food! Today when the rain came sluicing down in sheets, the birds were too soggy to come out to eat. But the minute the downpour lightened up, they were all there.
For Christmas I got a backyard journal which my Bear and I will fill out with all the visitors we observe every month, day by day. It doesn't just cover birds from the local backyard - it is whatever birds we see anywhere. So I guess the first entries will be Flamingos, Roseate Spoonbills, and my very first Florida Scrub Jay, woo hoo!
The chickadees and nuthatches are among the most frequent visitors to the suet bar. The scrubs and stellar jays are big time peanut eaters, as well as picking at the dried corn cobs wedged into the tree forks. I have a huge dove population which feeds exclusively on the ground, along with the white and golden crown sparrows, squirrels, juncos and an occasional bandtail pigeon or two. It is so relaxing and calming to watch them as they treat us to their presence.