Boost for the Birds
October 03, 2011
As the trees begin to change color, the days get cooler and daylight is shorter, it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Some fly south and leave us until the spring, but some little birds stay and tough it out through our icy, cold Kansas City winters. It is such a pleasure to watch them come to our feeders and fill up with food to keep them warm on blustery winter nights. Just remember, if you begin to feed them, they will count on that food you are supplying. So once you begin putting out seed, you should continue at least until the spring arrives and they have others sources of nourishment.
They will provide you with spots of color on otherwise gray days, and keep you entertained with their little birdie version of a daily soap opera as they bicker and chatter over who gets that tasty tidbit or which side of the feeder belongs to whom. Before long, you will be anticipating their daily visits and antics, and even considering if you should buy them some special treat to add to the feeder.
One day in February or March, you will notice the weather warming up and those other birds who flew south will be joining your winter buddies at the feeder. By now, you have probably been thinking about providing homes for your feathered friends. Building and/or painting these homes is a great indoor activity for winter days. Listed below are some wonderful books to check out from MCPL to spark your own creative ideas for providing the birds in your yards with fun and fanciful homes.