“Feed the birds, toppins a bag…”

I realize I should have written “tuppence” a bag but somehow the nostalgia is lost because we all sing, “toppins a bag.” 🙂

This song always runs through my mind when I sit at my desk and find myself distracted by all the wild birds flitting among the tree tops outside my window.  All kinds of birds – BlueJays, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Tufted Titmouse, Sparrows, Juncos, Chickadees…one big community at the feeders!

Bird watching started when I was young.  My mom always had feeders outside our windows and I remember as a child sitting and watching the birds in the winter.  With snow for a white background, the birds were very vivid!

I carried on the tradition of feeding the wild birds, especially for my own kiddos.  I’ve enjoyed being in different parts of the country and getting to know the various birds.  I will admit, I very much missed the Cardinal when we lived on the west coast.  They also don’t have the Blue Jay , instead it’s the Stellar Jay – same type of personality!

As a homesteader, my love of these wild birds has grown beyond the fascination of just watching…

These birds have become my partners in farming and homeschooling.

I feed during the winter months so they will stick around during the summer months and raise their young.

Do you know how many bugs one bird will eat??  Well, I don’t remember the exact number, but I do know it’s a lot!

Our science lessons often involve birds in the spring – life cycles, nesting habits, bug consumption…

And the best part?  It’s all free!

Okay, maybe not all free.  I’ve yet to calculate how much money I spend on feed in the winter 🙂  Thankfully my husband hasn’t asked.

But it’s so worth it for what I receive back!

Best part about bird watching, it doesn’t matter where you live, country or city, there are birds to be fed.

And in the winter, the birds are really grateful.

I realize I’ve added another responsibility to my chore list, well, really, my son’s chore list.  But the extra work in the winter is so worth the joy, education, and bug control we receive all year round.

I highly recommend this hobby!

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3 Responses to ““Feed the birds, toppins a bag…””

  1. Debby Says:

    You are such a kindred spirit! I, too, love feeding and observing the birds. We have feeders and birdhouses and birdbaths, so they will stay all year round. I also passed along this love for the birds to my children. 🙂

  2. Lydia Rose Says:

    Love the pictures! We have been enjoying bluebirds this year. You can see some pictures of them on my blog.

  3. Marne Says:

    When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother lifting me up in the kitchen so I could look out the window over the kitchen sink. She kept birdfeeders hung outside that window so she could watch the birds while she was working in the kitchen (which was often). I remember she would tell me about the different birds, though the only bird I distinctly remember was the Oriole.

    She had a big Audubon Society bird book that she would take out later and hold on her lap while we looked through it.

    I never took much to bird watching until we moved here. Now I hung two bird feeders outside my daughters window and several on the porch. It’s interesting learning the different types of birds that frequent our feeder here in Georgia, compared to Minnesota. There’s many that I don’t know…some sort of warblers, I suspect. We had a whole family of Chickadee and one of Bluejays, but only the young bluejays came to the feeder, the adults would not. Then there were two mating pairs of cardinals, which I found fascinating because they were obviously territorial — they would each fly in from different directions, and tended to scare the rest of the birds away. The smaller birds had a “cardinal warning system” set up.

    The humming birds were territorial too, and one of them would actually sit in the tree and chase the other humming bird away from the feeder when it came near. It was like tiny little airplanes fighting. Pretty funny!

    Okay, I think I’ve rambled on enough now…

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