“Wow!” exclaimed Sally. “Those are beautiful cardinals sitting on those feeders in your backyard.”
“Aren’t they though,” I replied. “We love looking out the patio doors and seeing the cardinals, finches, blue jays, woodpeckers, and doves eat from the feeders Bob fills every day.”
“Do you worry about predators?” asked Sally.
“Well,” I answered. “See that huge pine tree just behind the flower area where the feeders are? The birds can fly into it for protection if they sense danger. And danger there is, sometimes, when a hawk suddenly appears.”
“I noticed you also have a feeder on the front porch,” said Sally.
“Yes, my husband put one there so the deer wouldn’t eat all the seed and/or knock it over every night. Also, it offers extra protection for the birds, not to mention he can watch them feed right from his recliner!” I smiled.
“What about the deer?” asked Sally.
“They are in our yard several times a day and always in the evening. Bob has gone out many times and found the feeders lying on the ground. So he started bringing them in. Just tonight, when he went out to get the feeders there was Mr. Deer standing right there eating his fill. Needless to say, he hightailed it out of there when he saw Bob and Eddie.”
“Do you go through lots of bird seed?” Sally asked.
“Yes, a huge bag every week. But, with all the snow on the found, we are sure the birds really appreciate it. Bob always sprinkles seed on the ground around the feeder because the doves especially like to eat there.”
“They are beautiful,” Sally commented. “It is just so much fun sitting here and watching them.”
“We love them, too,” I said. “And, I love the way many of my Boomers and Beyond friends include birds in their artistic creations. You’ll really like them, too, Sally. Let’s go take a look!”
“Gorgeous!” exclaimed Sally. “Simply gorgeous.”
“And if you want to know more about feeding birds in the winter, here is a link you can check out,” I said.