We received a really great bird feeder from my sister and her husband just before she passed away in 2018. The ends sat empty until last Christmas. I began placing hardened, spoiled, or just unwanted bread pieces in those ends. My feathered friends went crazy over the bread bits. It seems they love that even more than birdseed (which is in the center of the feeder).
I find great enjoyment in watching them messing around with the feeders. Fighting over who gets what first. Scrambling to catch the snippets that fall to the ground. I have even noticed them watching me, watching them. One little beauty even tried to come to me through the kitchen window one day (darted at me as if to come and visit several times before realizing there was glass between us.
I never cared for birds in cages (even at the zoo), they just do not seem happy in there to me. But I do love watching them in the wild. On an average day here on the plains of Colorado, I can view a variety of birds doing all kinds of things:
- Hawks catching snakes and prairie dogs
- Owls catching rabbits, and
- All my little buddies in the front yard looking for food, water, or just playing around.
The only time I remember not seeing any birds is when it is a bad storm. It makes sense as they would be seeking shelter just as we do. However, today is a day with NO BIRDS and it is freaking me out.
ABSOLUTELY NO BIRDS – NO SONGS – NO SOUNDS – NOTHING?
This has never happened before. Usually, they are in our front yard, back yard, near the barns looking for left-over scraps from the chickens, or down in the hollow making tons of noise. Every day I spot at least one hawk circling around or at least testing their wings in the blowing winds. Today is very quiet and calm outside and personally, I find it very unsettling.
My birds let me know how things are doing on an “earthly” level. They and animals can sense changes in our environment, unlike we oblivious humans. I would love to have their sense of changes in the earth, sky, seas, or any earthly shifts. Since we humans do not have this amazing sense, I watch the critters constantly to try to judge what’s going on around me. A day with no birds is scary, to say the least. Today (date of posting this 1/9/20) is actually day-2 of no birds and it is starting to really creep me out!
I checked the weather channel and know that we have a storm coming in, but it is not even supposed to start until about 11:00 p.m. tonight – so where are they and why?
I guess I am just going to have to wing it (pun intended – sorry) and try to watch for other local signs of what’s up. Please let me know (if you have a moment) where you live and how your birds are doing. This really has me spooked.
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