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November 22, 2013


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Reine, thanks for your nice comments. I wish I had a regular Red-bellied Woodpecker that visited!
Sue, Here's to more birds!
Annie, I hate to lose any bird!
Andy, take care of those hummingbirds, okay?


I am in Shirley Long Island. I am very blessed to live close to the nature reserve as well as 2 state parks. Last year we had the most amazing woodpecker volume visit our feeders. Sadly, we too have not seen half as many this year. I had been wondering as well if others noticed. I love your blog & site. Your photos always make my day. My heart sank reading your story today though. I have 2 woodpeckers that still come. A Red-bellied female and a little downy. Hope they continue through the winter.


Things have slowed here in South Texas also. Sparrows, Titmouses, Chickadees a few Cardinals, Collard and Morning Doves. After haveing at least two dozen Ruby Hummers fighting over the feeder, it looks like I am down two one that will spend the winter with me.


We all know that 'It's Nature' n 'C'est la vie' n All That, but Sorry for the loss of your little downy. I, too, get to be famiiar with who visits n when n look forward to seeing them.


So sorry Nancy. Our activity here in Indiana is also slow. I do however have my share of house sparrows. Looking forward to colder temperatures and snow, if you can believe that.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.