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Saturday, February 24, 2018

FEBRUARY - National Bird Feeding Month

 by Judy Ann Davis
 For me, feeding the birds is a natural stress-free and entertaining activity. There is nothing more exciting then to see a new species of bird appear at your feeder or to see the colorful finches, cardinals, and blue jays mingle with the common song sparrow that sings a cheery tune in the bushes outside the windows. Often, when I write my books, I insert the song of a bird or a specific bird call in the story to make the setting seem more real.
Finches and Woodpecker 

It is estimated that one-third of the U.S. adult population feeds wild birds in their backyards. For many, it’s a fun activity that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and encourages bird watching as a hobby. It also allows wild birds a supplement to their natural diet of weed seeds and insects while offering entertainment and relaxation for the human population.

In 1994, Congressman John Porter, of  Illinois, introduced a resolution to recognize February as National Bird Feeding Month. This is the time, in cold climates, when many birds need the most help with their food supplies as well as a place to find available water.

For young children, bird feeding and watching, is an excellent educational experience. They can identify the different species of birds, use a field guide, learn the feeding and living habits of birds, do research projects and reports, and most of all—have a pleasant interaction with adults.  With the use of a digital camera, they can chronicle the various types of birds with pictures, learning the skill of photography as well.
Song Sparrow

If you’ve not tried bird feeding as a hobby, give it a whirl. It’s like having your own wildlife reality show where the characters change every few minutes and their antics and songs keep you entertained.

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  1. Judy, when we decided to downsize four years ago, one of the specifications for a house was a breakfast room window so we could watch our bird feeders while we ate. We love watching the birds and the squirrels. I'm glad to know many other people enjoy feeding the birds.

  2. Enjoyed your post, Judy. I feed wild birds in the winter. We have several types at our place in the country. Two summers ago, a couple of bluebirds, very rare in today's world, visited our place, and they've stayed and now there's several of the tiny birds. They love the pistache trees in the yard.

    1. Thanks. I just found out from a neighbor of mine in Pennsylvania that the bluebirds (despite the cold) were already scouting out places to nest. I usually have a box in my backyard for a pair to nest.


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