Brrrrrrrrr It's 5° here this morning. I just
finished sweeping last nights snow off the deck so I could feed my
birds. I've been feeding them a little more often since we are
having such frigid temps. If the feeder is empty, they sit on the
railing and look at the house as if they are saying, "We're
hungry". I also started putting seed out at night, so it's there in
the early morning. Our big Eurasian Doves haven't come to eat
during the day. I know they are still here because I see them on
the wires. But for some reason they don't want to come to the
feeder. So I'm hoping they eat that "early bird special".
We also bought a heated birdbath this year too. But it's for
drinking more than bathing. I used to put small plastic dog dishes
out with water in them. But this year they kept getting knocked off
the deck and breaking. We have a new generation of "klutzy" birds.
So I decided to get the heated bird bath. That thing is great. When
we had our blizzard there was 9 or 10 inches of snow where it
sits...but the bird bath was operating and left a big hole in the
middle of the snow. From afar it looked like an outhouse seat!
We have a huge flock of Juncos this year. We started out with only
two and then one morning we had a huge flock! Our Cardinal
population has increased too. We also have a pair of Nuthatches.
Oh, and three or four woodpeckers. We don't have as many House
Finches as we did last year. Maybe because we have an overabundance
of Starlings and Blackbirds. I go out at least once a day and scare
them off. And as soon as they leave the little Juncos return.
More blowing snow!!!!!!!!!!!! We are in a Winter
Weather Advisory until noon tomorrow. Yippee. WE are expected to
get anywhere from 3 - 6 inches more of snow. Will keep you