Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Birdies Deserve Our Care


When the weather turns nasty in the winter, my thoughts automatically turn toward wild birds.

How can such tiny creatures survive when the temperature registers 17 degrees or colder?

Where do they go to sleep?

How do they find seeds humans put out for them?




There are no signs for them and, anyway, they don't read!

Do wild birds resent that crazy, acrobatic  squirrels want to eat the seeds put for them?

This week I made a path in the snow in order to reach the bird bath.

One of the best purchases I ever made was to by a mechanism that keeps the bird bath water warm. 

It's great and I truly love seeing the birds stand on its edge and take sips from the bird  bath. 

A woman who is a another bird-lover, and whose backyard attracts hundreds of birds year-round, told me about the bird bath warmer.  

I'll be forever grateful to her for that!

After pouring new, fresh water into the bath,  I made my way back along the snowy path to the house.

DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED IN THIS POST?

11 comments:

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I love putting seed out for the birds and enjoy watching them as they eat. We have squirrels who visit too. I often wonder how they keep themselves warm enough.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I do not know the answers very well. The birds migrate in winter to other continents with more heat. Keep in touch

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Susan: All that snow! We have been sunny here. We did have a little rain and as faithful Californians we called it torrential rain. Thank you for your prayers. Love, Martha

diane.stetson said...

I'm sure as God's creatures these birds are well taken care of no matter what the weather!

Cranberry Morning said...

Well, I don't think they suffer human emotions, thank goodness, like resentment toward the rascally squirrels. :-) They sleep in the trees with their feathers fluffed out. It is amazing the care our Creator went to in designing these little creatures so that they can survive. I suspect that one bird notices the seed and the others somehow know from that. I am the bird caregiver at our house, making sure they have seed and suet. They're such a delight... and such an added bonus from God.

Chatty Crone said...

I often wondered how birds found the seed. It amazes me. And I get mad when the squirrels come I don't know if the birds do!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Brrr! So much snow. I always wonder how tiny little birds survive such harsh conditions. How do their nests survive storms. Truly is amazing. So lovely of you to make sure they have some source of food and drink. Best wishes, Tammy

marianne said...

Birds in New England are a hardy sort, aren't they? They sure do bring beauty to the winter landscape. We have a thicket outside one of our living room window and there are several cardinals, blue jays, nuthatches, and chickadees who live within its protective branches. They seem to have a ball, no matter the weather. There are several berry type bushes that must provide food and they seem to happily reside there.

That said, I don't have much knowledge about birds and their survival. They seem to have it covered tho!

Karen Lange said...

I don't know the answers to those questions, but I have wondered about them as well. :) I haven't fed the birds in a while. This makes me want to go out and get some bird seed!

Have a good weekend!
Karen

Dayle said...

As you know, our winters aren't harsh here, but I do detest squirrels who take food from bird feeders, no matter the season.

Red Rose Alley said...

How wonderful that you have a soft spot for the birds. That's a nice idea to warm the bird bath for them. To answer one of your questions, I think God takes care of the birds and all of His creations.

It looks soooo cold where you live, and soooo beautiful.

love, ~Sheri

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