The simplest of chores can get really complicated . . .
Feeding the birds is one of the most delightful things a cold climate gardener can do while she is waiting for the snow to melt and the snowdrops to bloom. No, wait–I take that back. Watching the birds flutter and feed and jockey for position at the feeders is delightful. Actually filling the bird feeders, that’s another story.
First of all, keep the path to the feeders shoveled. Otherwise, you will have to break your own path through a foot of snow, like this:
Mind Your Grip
And take your gloves off before hanging the full bird feeder back on its hook, or it will slip out of your fingers and fall to the ground below, like this:And then you will have to go down a flight of stairs which are also unshoveled, like this: And then walk around a lilac bush through an expanse of unbroken snow to get the dropped bird feeder, like this: And then brush the snow off your jeans, like this:
Mind the Bird Bath
Also? Make sure your heated bird bath can keep the water from freezing.
Mind The Bears
And finally, if bears frequent your area (you know who you are), take your feeders down in March, before the bears come out of their dens. No, a bear has never gotten into my bird feeders. Just the chicken feed. In the chicken coop. But that’s a story for another day.
The bird feeder pictured is the the Baffler Squirrel-Be-Gone bird feeder by Perky Pet which I received as a free sample. I have not seen any squirrels raid this feeder as they do my other “squirrel-proof” feeder, so I think it works.