In the past month, the number of birds we are supporting has tripled. It might be even more than that. There are an incredible number of birds and I have had to make decisions about how much food I can put out for them. I put out as much as I can, but I can’t put out more.
Now that the weather is warming up, they can also start fending for themselves. There are plenty of things to eat in the woods. Insects, seeds, flowers, weeds and of course, literally tons of acorns. I know they prefer the food I provide, but they are wild and they need to remember how to feed themselves.
Much as I love my birds and they love me — in a birdy way — I won’t be here forever and I don’t want them to forget how to forage on their own. I wish I could promise them eternal feeding, but the other feeder on the street passed recently and I seem to have collected all his birds.