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September 15, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, chickadees are brave little guys at the feeders. Sometimes they even remain active in the safety of a dense bush or tree even when a hawk is near. Gotta love 'em!


I often find it interesting to watch after I refill the bird feeders, or after a predator has passed through: which species will show up first? Usually it's the chickadees to give everyone else the "all-clear" signal, while the doves and cardinals are much more skittish.

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Become a Fan


  • 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.