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What Joey K has to say!

National Bird Feeding Month 
 
Feb. 28, 2012 6:58 pm 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 4:15 pm
February is such a full month with many holidays and birthdays. I knew about most of them, all of them I thought until a newsletter appeared in my email informing me of National Bird Feeding Month.
  The news letter asked how do you help the birds in the winter.that question made me look around and ask myself  "What exactly do I do"?
  This winter has been very mild requiring very little help from humans for the birds.Even still I have bird feeders in my front and back yard.Also all over the property are bird houses of all size and color.Bee boxes too. Spring and summer we keep humming bird feeders all around.
   With all that going on the birds seem to prefer even in the winter all the natural nature made things going on on our property.The holly trees and bushes give the birds months of enjoyment and food.We have a bevy of berried bushes and bird attracting plants and trees growing at all different times of the year that keeps the birds in our yard chirping and happy.
  I am lucky enough to get to spend hours a day watching all the different spices of birds as they fly and flit about happily flapping their wings and splashing around in the baths.Lucky to have the time and lucky to have the birds to watch.
   It is always a good day when Mr Cardinal knocks on the window because the feeder is empty,or to awaken to the Rat A Tat Tat of the wood pecker gathering his breakfast out of nearest pine tree.
  A favorite for me is sitting quietly near the fire pit and hearing the gentle Who,who,who of the owl setting out on his nightly hunt,A perfect night is actually catching a glimpse of that owl sitting king like on a branch high up in his tree.
   All summer long we grow a verity of bird and bee attracting flowers on our property. In the glow of the morning dew and just as the sun is about to set we hear the fast and furious flapping of wings,setting completely still and breathless we are rewarded with the sight of the smallest and prettiest bird of all the humming bird shimmering in the sunlight drinking nectar and defying nature all at once.
   Every day of the year I am treated to a concert of Blue Jays cat like calls,the sweet twitter of a dozen different song birds, with a whistle  here and there that I don't recognize.So it seems that in the hours between sun up and sun set I have natures radio right out side my door.
 As I look around and figure out the answer to the question "What do I do to feed the birds during National Bird Feeding Month?" I realize I do alot and around my house each and every season is National Bird Feeding Month! 
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Comments
Feb. 28, 2012 7:20 pm
Nice blog! I love my bird feeders. I have a birdbath also, but very rarely see anyone splashing around, just stopping by for a quick drink. My favorites are the cardinals, chickadees and goldfinches. Can't wait until the finches get their "summer clothes" out.
 
Muskokagirl 
Feb. 29, 2012 7:27 am
WOW very nice blog and I enjoyed the pictures! Have you seen any robins yet?
 
Feb. 29, 2012 11:47 am
very nice blog. you reminded me to get off my tail and get the bird seed out of the truck. i live in south georgia, so we have trees that bloom throut the year...loquats, serviceberry, oaks, elms, nandina..etc. just in my yard. i go catching (fishing to folks that don't know the difference), i have a very fast bass boat...scares the yehaw out of the wife, but she is always ready to go ( if i slow the missle down) just to check out the birds. we have hummingbirds preety much year around. the largest flock of robins and blackbirds came thru in late january. talk about fertiling my truck and her van! my boat had a cover on it...:) we love the cardinals,blue jays and finches. beautiful pictures! take some binoculars to a major waterway...river lake or coast..you'll be glad you did.
 
Gitano 
Feb. 29, 2012 12:13 pm
What a nice tribute to our feathered friends! I am an avid birder and have always had feeders out in the winter and hummingbird feeders in the summer. Being in Southern Ontario, we get a wide variety of birds all year round and just last week saw the first Robin of the season (winter has been so mild they have come up a month early!) We also have a cottage up in Northern Ontario and a couple weeks ago we were up to check on it and lo and behold a bald eagle was sitting on a dead tree branch not far off.....he won't be fishing anytime soon though as the lake is still frozen over some 3-4 feet thick. He will make do with ground dwelling critters until he can fish again. Now just this afteroon I snapped a pic of a sharp-shinned hawk perched on top of the pole that holds my bird feeder in the backyard - seems he is waiting for the birds to come to him! I love our avian critters and look forward to another fun summer of bird-watching! Glad to hear you enjoy it as much as I do! :)
 
Feb. 29, 2012 12:44 pm
I have been seeing Robins for the last month. Gitano I have a cooper hawk making it's home on my property,just very elusive for pictures. I love sighting Eagles just doesn't happen often,I live in southern NJ and I see lots of Blue heron they are so cool. Gderr never leave home with out them. Taking a trip to my home state MI at the end of March going up in the thumb this time. They have Eagles breeding up there and a few bird sanctuaries as well so I am totally hoping for a good bird vacation.
 
Feb. 29, 2012 2:34 pm
hi joey. we have nesting eagles, ospreys haws just magnificent birds! oh yeah, many..many herons, storks and others that fly in from the coast when it really cold and fish below the local dams when they release water from a lake up stream. i watch for the birds flocking just over the water and go shooting up to the action too!
 
Feb. 29, 2012 4:15 pm
Ospreys I couldn't spell so I left them out, I didn't forget them, as we drive to the shore we do the back roads to see the bogs and the nesting poles the the state puts up for the ospreys. My mom (85) loves this ride when she visits, she like you and me is a bird watcher for the love of it.
 
 
 
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I am married I work part time in a flower shop. have 1 grandchild and 1 son.I like to cook,sew,make soap and I love the ocean.
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I love making fried foods,it is not so healthy for you but the flavor and juciness of fried food can't be beat.
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Hands down has to be the Thanksgiving meal.The whole thing from the turkey to the pumpkin pie.
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Gravy! I am now the Queen of gravy but that wasn't always so.Lumpy was the least of my problems.For years I would buy the gravy in a jar,not any more I got determined and I mastered the art of gravy.
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Well I had many many gravy tragedies but I have had more baking bloopers then gravy.I can't seem to manage a cake from scratch,you can either use it as a clay brick or as saw dust on the floor,so I leave cake baking to others.
 
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