Archive for December, 2011

Winter Garden Visitors

Posted by: Heidi

December 29th, 2011 >> Birds, my garden, Photos

There is much activity in my garden right now even though the soil is cold and most of the plants are resting dormant, patiently waiting for spring. Staying home from work this week, I have been able to spend more time watching the bird feeders in my backyard and they have been busy from dawn until dusk. The sun rises so late at this time of year that I have been up long before the birds each morning. As the sky starts to lighten, I watch for the first shadowy movements flitting among the branches and then over to the feeders. Throughout the day a multitude of small birds including juncos, chickadees, song sparrows and finches visit the feeders, eat the last of the berries and flower seeds on the plants, and forage below the feeders and between the shrubs for any fallen food.

Not as patient for spring as the plants seem to be, I often miss spending time in the garden at this time of year. But the garden is for the birds too and watching all of their activity from the window I see that they make good use of it all year long.

“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” ~ Henry David Thoreau