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January 08, 2014


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Diane, the best you can do is just keep your feeders filled with high calorie (high fat and high protein) foods like sunflower chips, peanuts, and/or suet. Good luck and thanks for caring for your birds!

Diane Tippins

I actually found your wonderful site because our Florida weather has been so erratic and we have a cold front coming. I was wondering if there was anything I could help ease my buddies through a rapid cold weather transition. My heart went out to a cardinal friend as I watched his beautiful crested head ruffle in a strong, chilly wind. Thank you for your wonderful advice and the important reminder that though these little guys may never come inside, they are as much a commitment and as loved as any other adopted "pet".

The Zen Birdfeeder

Barb, why thank you!
Arthur & Oliver, thanks for taking care of your birdies in these frigid temps!

Oliver Collier

I totally agree - who wouldn't worry about these sweet little guys??? I helped out my backyard friends by learning how to squirrel proof a bird feeder, and I'm seeing much more of these feathered favorites now. Your thoughts about the heated birdbath make me think maybe I should add one of those, too.


They are flocking to the feeders since the temps hit 9f!


You are a good woman!

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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.


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  • 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.