The last week of December means the New Year will soon begin and with it thoughts of resolutions rolling around in our heads. For gardeners, probably the usual “I wills” – “will watch weeds more closely, will plant a pollinator garden, will try new varieties of tomatoes.”
What about a new hobby? Gardeners have a keen eye for garden visitors and birds are high on the list. Bird feeding is second only to gardening as the most popular hobby in the United States (garden.org). Feeding birds brings them into the garden. For humans, the time spent watching birds as they visit the feeders quiets our hearts.
If you are a bird feeder, you are not alone. The National Bird Feeding Society (birdfeeding.org) gives some impressive statistics: “over 55 million Americans watch or feed birds and other wildlife around their homes, spending $3 billion per year on bird seed and approximately $800 million on bird feeders, bird baths, bird houses, and other accessories.”
It is easy to sequester ourselves inside during the winter months but feeding birds gets us out of the claustrophobic indoors and into the fresh outdoor air.
Bird feeding is a simple activity with few requisites. Part of the enjoyment of bird feeding is knowing how to attract more birds while bringing in different kinds of birds.
For the gardeners’ enjoyment of watching birds, place feeders where they can be easily seen from an indoor window.
For the birds’ enjoyment, place feeders near a safe queuing spot since birds queue as they wait their opportunity to safely munch on seed.