Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SNOW DAY!...For The Birds?? What?

In the days before automobiles, the streets were filled with horse-drawn carriages, and these animals quite naturally left behind deposits from their digestive systems.
These emissions contained half-digested oats that attracted swarms of birds, which took nourishment from the deposits.
The people of the time coined the expression “for the birds” as meaning anything of the same value as these horse-droppings.
We say that something that is worthless is “for the birds”.


This what "for the birds" means to me.  Meet Rocco.

Rocco is a beautiful Cardinal that has been living around our house for several years.  He is always in this tree by our living room window on the north side of our home.  He lightly flies into the window on an almost daily basis.  I haven't been able to stop him from doing this, so I guess he is just letting me know he is here.  This morning I decided to take his photo to share his beauty with you. One of the reasons I love snow days is that I end up doing the unexpected, like taking photos through icy windows. 
There is a large blue spruce adjacent to his tree which offers him some shelter from the icy cold wind and horizontal snow that we are experience on days like today.  He has his own feeder in his tree filled with various types of seed, including black oil sunflower seeds.  To get fresh water he has to fly around to the back of our house where we have a heated water bowl and eight more feeders, which can be seen from our great room. 
 Birds need a lot of food to survive these cold winter months, especially when the temperature drops into the single digits like it will later today.  It is a major pain to keep the feeders and water clean and filled for my winged friends when everything is covered with ice and snow, but well worth it, because the seed brings  beauty like this to our home everyday.  Therefore part of my snow day morning was spent de-icing and refilling feeders.

PLEASE keep your feeders clean and filled and provide fresh clean water daily.  Electrically heated bowls can be found at most pet shops. Also, please do not leave dogs and cats outside in this cold, cold weather.

Feed the birds and enjoy their beauty everyday, and especially on a SNOW DAY, like I have been doing all day today!