Been Bird Watching Since Putting Up New Bird Feeder
Wife and I bought a bird feeder from Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite restaurants to go to, have a meal, relax and my wife enjoys shopping a little bit: Cracker Barrel Restaurant. They certainly know how to run a business! Anyway, here is a picture of the bird feeder we bought at Cracker Barrel:
You can see I filled the bird feeder up with a bunch of feed. The birds certainly have been going over to it and chowing down. It’s amazing how much birds will eat and yet still remain very small. That tells me they burn a lot of energy throughout the day, probably from flying so much and having to flap their wings to stay airborne for so long. I put the bird feeder on a tree in my front yard:
So, sometimes I will step outside and sit on my front porch and watch the birds feed. They will also feed off the feed I had accidentally dropped on the ground. I enjoy watching the birds and it feels good to have a bird feeder and to feed them. Birds are the kind of wild life that you don’t have to worry about having un-intended consequences for feeding. I also had a bird couple decide to build a nest in my backyard in the cabinet where I keep my swimming pool chemicals. I made sure they did not have any eggs laid or any chicks in the nest before deciding to remove the nest. It looks like they were smart enough to have figured out that the cabinet was frequented by human beings and abandoned the nest.
This bird couple was in the process of building a nest and removed all their materials before they had the nest built. At the time I didn’t think it was birds building a nest but straw getting into the cabinet due to storms. I keep the cabinet outside on my deck. But then I noticed that straw was being built up again after removing the initial straw and again, I thought it was just storms blowing the straw in it. Eventually, those pieces of straw turned into a full blown birds nest and that was when I knew it was not storms but birds building a nest.
I double checked to be sure there were no chicks or eggs in it and it looks like the birds finally figured out that it was humans removing their straw or probably saw me constantly going in and out of the cabinet to get pool chemicals out to maintain the pool. So, it seems this bird coupled had long abandoned their nest and did not have any chicks or lay any eggs in the nest so I felt it was safe to remove that nest from the cabinet. So, bird watching can come unexpectedly. But I enjoy the birds and bird watching. It’s fun to watch them feed too.