Streaming Nature: February is Bird Feeder Month

By Julie T.

Last summer my family decided to hoist a seed trough outside our living room window. Birds are quite capable of foraging for their own food, it’s true. Our intentions were not entirely altruistic as we poured enticing blends for avian palates. We figured it would provide entertainment for our indoor cats. However, it seems to entertain us humans much more. As with any streaming service, it comes with a cost, but this one is well worth it.

I like to point my desk towards the feeder, so that while I’m online or drinking coffee I can watch our visitors. Their quibbles, vocalizations, and socializing; the way their flight looks like Olympic swimmers when they approach from the sprawling Western Red Cedar tree; the messy guests who speckle the rhododendron bush while they wait their turn to eat.

Guest List:

Frequent flyers: Dark-eyed juncos, Black-capped chickadees, House finches, Song sparrows

Less often: Northern Flickers (I’d never seen this bird prior to setting up the feeder); Stellar’s Jays (chaos incarnate; they come in fast and hard and treat the feeder like a jammed vending machine)

Honorary birds: Gray squirrels (pumpkin thieves, ground crew seed clean-up, sunflower noshers)

Check out these guides and videos about birds in our collection! You can also access Birds of North America Online through our “Health & Science” resources’ page. Additional information on “Honorary Birds” (aka gray squirrels), is available online via Grzimek’s Animal Life.

Streaming Nature: Bird Feeder Month


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