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.
It has been cold and rainy the last couple of days here in Texas. Somehow these little blooms keep hanging on.
We are all snuggled inside our warm homes wondering if this is the beginning of a long winter season.
I can’t help but think of my backyard birds who quickly come to grab a snack and then fly off to escape the pouring rain.
Do you wonder where birds go during inclement weather? To a hidden nest among the tree branches or into the bushy shrubs, into a pile of wood stacked high against the fence, or even underneath the flaps of the patio tent for protection and warmth. We all hope they are snuggled inside the nesting boxes and birdhouses we have left up for the unpredictable weather.
I care so much about my backyard friends, that I wish I could give each one a nice warm “birdie blanket” to snuggle up to. Of course, I know that is not a practical idea — only a crazy bird loving old lady would want to make “birdie blankets”!!
But what I can do and you too as well, is put warm water in the bird baths, or install a small birdbath heater to keep the water from freezing. Also, cover the feeders with a domed weather guard to keep the seeds and birds dry and fill the feeders with a high fat oil content seed to provide energy.
So when you are hearing the weather forecast for a dip in temperatures and you scurry to cover up your favorite flowers, don’t forget to “winterize” your bird feeders as well.
The Chickadee is one of my favorite backyard songbirds to watch at the feeders.
They make such a sweet, little chirping, whistled song and the markings of color on their feathers are so beautiful with the little black capped head, setting them apart from other birds.
The Chickadees are small little birds and quickly fly down to the feeder, grabbing only one seed at a time. They then flutter up to the tree limb above to eat the seed. They have tiny short beaks and need the help of their feet to crack open the seed shells.
They also eat a variety of foods and enjoy black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts and peanut butter suet.
Chickadees are cavity nesting birds and will make their home in a birdhouse you provide. A thin scattering of sawdust or wood chip shavings in the bottom of the birdhouse encourages them to nest inside.
I have had the pleasure of nesting Chickadees in my yard each spring and feeding at my feeders regularly.
I hope you too are blessed with the presence of these beautiful little birds in your backyard.
This metal tube feeder is sturdy and functional. The top flips open for easy filling and stays in place once you hang it up. The larger port holes are a good size for easy access to the feed but do not allow the feed to fall out of the holes.
There are no perches on this design but the feeding port holes allow the smaller birds to cling onto the feeder while eating. This also keeps the larger birds from trying to land on the feeder since there are no extended perches.
I have tried several types of tube feeders and enjoy this one very much for my backyard friends. I use two of these feeders, one filled with peanut suet nuggets and the other with shelled peanuts. If you use smaller seeds when feeding the birds, you will want to use a different feeder than this one since it is made primarily for peanuts and suet nuggets.