ARE WE THE ONLY BIRD FEEDERS IN TOWN? – Marilyn Armstrong

When Owen came by earlier to replace the flap on the doggy door, he said it was like Hitchcock’s “The Birds” all over again.”

Two warblers in a row

“You’ve got flocks of birds everywhere, did you know that? On your roof, in the trees, in the driveway. Dozens of them.”

Now three warblers …

“Look out back,” I said. There was a big Hairy Woodpecker surrounded by Warblers, Chickadees, a few Tufted Titmouses and the odd Junco. In the trees and along the railing, there were at least a dozen more birds, all waiting for their turn at the feeder. Up in the branches, more birds. A lot of them dive in, grab a seed, and fly off.

“I didn’t know,” said Owen, “That woodpeckers eat seeds. I thought they only ate insects.”

“In this weather,” I pointed out, “They will eat pretty much anything. Besides, there isn’t much insect life in the winter, so I expect they eat what they can when the bugs are dead. ”

Warblers and Woodpecker

It occurred to me for the first time that maybe no one else in the area has a feeder and we are the only free buffet in town. We certainly have a hoard of birds and a huge variety. At least three or four kinds of warblers and no, I still can’t tell one from the other. At least three kinds of woodpeckers, but the big guy doesn’t come to the feeder. The Pileated Woodpecker is, despite his size, quite a shy guy.

Chickadee and Woodpecker (a warbler half hidden by the feeder)

If we really are the only food bank in town, no wonder we have so many birds! The warblers come by the flock. The Juncos come in pairs. The woodpeckers are always solitary, but you can tell the boys from the girls by the red patch on the back of the head. In the course of the day, various kinds of birds take over the feeder. It’s a big feeder and you can fit quite a few birds on it at a time.

From top to bottom

I wonder who is going to fly out of the woods as the weather gets colder and snowier. So far, it has been cold, but whenever they promise snow, it warms up just enough. Instead, we have rain.

I’m good with that. Sometimes, we don’t any snow until the end of January or February. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t get snow, only that we get a lot of snow very quickly!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

24 thoughts on “ARE WE THE ONLY BIRD FEEDERS IN TOWN? – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. We have lots of morning doves, blackbirds, blue jays, can’t remember the itty bitty birds names and a woodpecker and maybe a cardinal. And squirrels galore. They all coexist in our big back yard.

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  2. All the comments underline my feelings too! You must be the only express buffet with 5* food – and hey, it’s free. They haven’t got to work for it! I too spend an absolute fortune on birds’ feed, new feeding tables all the time (they’re done so lousy that even expensive ones don’t last more than max 2 winters) and I already often wondered how you could even afford all that feed, being so stretched for cash. You will surely get an extra blessing and a celestial chorus once you’ll be in paradise!! Maybe you’ll have a lodge at either the birds’ lodge or the dogs’ corner. 😉

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  3. I never thought BIRDFEED could cost so much money! I switched to the “value” feed and mixed it with the more expensive food and all the birds are looking surprisingly healthy. It is lucky Garry and I don’t eat much!

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