I’m obsessed with my backyard birds. There, I’ve said it.
Two weeks ago, I stopped by Wild Birds Unlimited and replaced my hanging birdbath with a model that clamps onto my deck. It’s been unusually brisk here in central North Carolina, so keeping the water from freezing has been a challenge but a welcome chore. According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, clean feathers provide the best insulation for birds in cold weather.
Last week, my older sister gave me with a Squirrel Buster Mini bird feeder. (My past birds-at-the-feeder photos were voyeuristic snapshots out my backdoor of the neighbor’s feeder. I don’t think there’s a law against that, but now I have my own!)
Since making these improvements, the birds have gone wild. I’m replenishing the water and refilling the feeder daily. Although studies have shown that birds only get about 25% of their food from feeders, many experts advise that once you start feeding the birds in the wintertime, you ought to continue feeding them regularly until spring—thus a crack-of-dawn (COD) trip to my local Lowes Home Improvement store this morning.
My amateur bird watching has enabled me to get a little better at operating my Nikon D5000 camera. (Most of my previous photos were taken with a more portable Canon SX280 HS, which has a slick 20X zoom.)
Although bird watching is not for everyone—some prefer seeing a bird on their dinner plate—it’s been great fun for me. Plus, I’m learning a thing or two about the characteristics and behaviors of the various species.
Birds are very commonplace creatures. As such, they serve as frequent reminders of the variety and abundance of beauty in creation.