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Feeding My Fine Feathered Friends

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The winter feeding site. The place where the birds come when the berries and seeds have all blown away or been eaten. We moved here in the winter and found an amazing array of birds living in our coniferous trees. I have slowly created a habitat that attracts and retains this variety. What does it give me? Birds to eat the bugs that bother my garden.

How do I keep them fed during the worst storms of the winter?

You do have to be prepared. After that storm, I was throwing seed out the door onto the hard snow under the bushes. It brought birds up close and personal.

But my best investment was a thermostatically controlled heating pad for the bird bath. Water is extremely important for the health of the birds. Even with 48 inches of snow on the ground, my backyard birds had water.

Since that series of blizzards in 2010, I have added a few more feeders and kept them topped off when I know storms are coming. And for me, the pleasures of watching them feed are worth the expense and effort to feed them.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

3 responses »

  1. The bird pics came out really good, but I was more impressed with the shot of the door!!!!
    How do you get?????

  2. Left off a word: How do you get out?????

    • Jimmy James, LOL, it was interesting. It was the worst snow we ever saw here. Almost 48 inches total during the two blizzards, one on a Sunday and one four days later. Our roof is really steep and all the snow slid down. After opening the door, we carefully pushed snow away from it.

      We actually got out first through the garage by firing up the snow thrower and working our way around to the back.

      Cheers, Annie


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