Feeding and Watering the Birds

2017-02-08 — 4 Comments
Art by Dean Crouser

Art by Dean Crouser

Winter around my part of the prairies is bitterly cold. Lately the daily high has only reached around -25C/-13F.
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Therefore, to look out my frosty kitchen window and see birds busily grooming, drinking water from our de-iced bird bath, and pecking at seeds is quite astonishing. How they manage such cold is impressive. I feel like the least we can do is offer them some food and water!
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The old lilac outside my kitchen window shelters a handmade bird feeding house (made by my eldest son when he was 12, with his dad). Up in the branches hang an old seed ball (too messy…) and a suet feeder (love these!). The daily entertainment and satisfaction my family gets from viewing the variety of local birds that come to feed and drink here is worth every penny.


ground-flicker-and-jayOffering a few peanuts is all it takes to get Blue Jays and Northern Flickers to visit my yard. Buying nuts in bulk helps keep costs down. After we get the huge bags home, we cut them open and pour into airtight (and rodent-proof) plastic bins and store them in the garage. I transfer a manageable supply to a couple of ‘upcycled’ yogurt containers to keep outdoors near the feeder.
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water-de-icerThe de-icer was bought at a local wild bird store but I’ve seen them at Amazon and elsewhere. A Google search should bring up local sources for you. They range from $50-$100 but if you enjoy watching wildlife, it’s worth it. The water is more popular than the food! Finding an unfrozen source of drinking water is challenging for birds in this winter weather.

4 responses to Feeding and Watering the Birds

  1. 

    Great that you’re defrosting water for the birds!

  2. 

    Thank you for taking such good care of your local feathered friends. I too enjoy feeding and watching them. I have a deicer in the koi pond – they like going there and taking a bath and drinking. The art was pretty and your photos lovely. Best, kim

    • 

      Kim your visits always brighten my day! Thank you. Yes whether they have fins or feathers, they offer amusement and joy don’t they? And SO nice of you to comment on my photos as I have a ways to go before I get pics like yours but not bad for now. Hugs, Gina~Inga

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