Feeding the birds in my backyard is a passion of mine. I love creating a backyard sanctuary for my little friends to enjoy and to feel as a safe harbor to feed and raise their families.
I can be guilty of having to many feeders hanging around and one day while I was deep in thought and watering my flower garden, I accidentally backed into one of my hanging platform feeders. Needless to say, the seeds went everywhere as the feeder swung back and forth tipping seeds out at every passing and dumping them down my back, in my hair and a few ending up in my shoe. After I was able to regain my composure, I looked around wondering how many neighbors had witnessed my “graceful act”. I had to laugh at myself as I brushed away the seed from my hair and clothing and started walking toward the chair to empty my shoe.
As I sat there, shoe in hand watching the birds slowly come back to feeders, I decided “birdseed in my shoe”was a perfect way to describe myself and hence birdseedinmyshoe.com was born.
Happy birdwatching my friend, May you too find birdseed in your shoe!
It is time to put away the Thanksgiving decorations…
And drag out the many boxes of Christmas decorations.
Let the Christmas Holiday begin!!
I went to a Christmas Tree Lighting in a nearby small town over the weekend. I had never been to a city sponsored Christmas Tree Lighting and found it full of activities, with brightly colored lights streaming along the walkways and tightly wrapped tree branches.
A children’s choir was happily singing all the old favorite Christmas carols as parents gleefully took pictures. Santa was busy with youngsters and photos with the giant Christmas bulbs while teens sold hot chocolate.
It was a beautiful canvas of darkness and twinkling lights. As I walked around each of the trees, I noticed the stillness and silence of the otherwise noisy nighttime birds. I wondered what the birds thought of all this commotion and bright lights in and around their favorite roosting area.
Sometimes we get so caught up in pleasing our own eye, we forget how it may affect others. It gave me the idea to be more mindful when decorating my trees and bushes this season by adding a few holiday treats for my birds along with my Christmas decorations.
I plan to add slices of apples, oranges and perhaps a few berries on a string and hang from the hedges and tree limbs for the birds to enjoy while they have to endure the multicolored twinkling lights and blown-up Santa and Snowman of the neighborhood.
Remembering to think of the birds around your neighborhood during this holiday season by feeding extra treats will fill your heart with gladness and bring a sense of calm to the disruption of the darkness for our beautiful feathered friends.
I was a little late in getting my birdseed out this morning and when I looked out the window, I saw four little doves sitting on the fence. They were patiently waiting for me to hang the feeders so they could have breakfast.
It made me smile and also realize how much my backyard friends trust that I will hang the feeders and they will have seeds for the day.
Patience is something that few of us humans have. We hurry throughout our daily lives grumbling if we have to wait for anything.
Trust is another area where some of us are lacking. We can become skeptical and cynical towards others due to life experiences.
Perhaps, we all should take a lesson from the doves and have a little patience, and a lot of trust, and we will find ourselves in a much better state of mind.
As much as I love Fall, it can seem like a losing battle when trying to keep the leaves out of the birdbath.
If the leaves are left in the water, they will start to decay and may stain your birdbath. Not only that, the water becomes unfit for the birds to drink or bath in.
Give your backyard friends fresh water daily even if it means sweeping out the leaves, which I do with a whisk broom, and refilling your birdbath a couple of times each day until the leaves have all fallen.
A little extra love and care this time of year will be greatly appreciated by your backyard friends and you will reap the rewards of your effort by seeing the birds enjoying the clean birdbath.