Skeeter is for the Birds!
I love feeding birds and watching them out of my kitchen window when I'm doing dishes. I have a dogwood tree and also a metal post, where I have several feeders. In winter I make a peanut butter, lard, cornmeal and seed mixture I stuff into a log bored with holes my uncle made for me, which woodpeckers love. I also hang about three other feeders with seed. The Boss complains, saying I'm just feeding the squirrels. He complains because I usually ask him to stop for big bags of seed. I must admit, they do steal a lot, but I love watching them too. The way they contort their bodies to get at the feeders is quite a hilarious show.
I used to always put out three huge hummingbird feeders right outside our large kitchen window next to our table. I'd get TONS of birds--20 and more at a time. I'd fill those suckers up all day and would mix big batches of juice in gallon milk jugs. I'd fill them up at least twice a day. This year, I'm skipping it, because it's quite the chore and with my work schedule I'm busy enough as it is and letting too many things slide around here. Plus, I hate when the feeders go empty and I'm not around to fill them and the birds are just flying around looking! I feel guilty though, as I saw one at the window the other day, back from a winter in the south, looking for his free meal.
I've also enjoyed for several years some fly catchers who built nests on top of the carport light by the back door. I could see the nest from the kitchen sink window. I fretted over the baby birds until they left. A few times I saw them leave the nest, while mama and daddy watched. When The Boss was working on the house in that area, I made him leave every so often so mama and papa could feed the babes. The thought I was nuts. Birds also built another nest on the other side of the house above the "cat house" and I was always worried they'd leave the nest and land in the front yard, where Tarzan and Catfish would nab them. But as far as I could tell, they all made it.
Skeeter sent the above picture and said:"Here is a picture we snapped of the baby Chickadee that just left the house. This little guy was not too shy of us as it let us touch it. We calmly talked with it for a while and then we left it alone on the garden hose. Later on I went to the woods with the Saint to check on some fallen limbs and the fledgling flew in our direction. I am not sure if it was following us or not but sure was neat to see him taking flight for his first day in the big world.
I read somewhere that only about 25% of newborn birds survive the first year of life. How sad."
So, who else loves to feed and watch the birds? They are almost like pets, in that we feed them and worry about them and try to make a nice place for them to eat and enjoy life.
posted by Sandy at 4/25/2007 08:37:00 AM