I love Mother Earth News . Today I received their newsletter and a neat story about the importance of feeding birds (especially in winter).
Here’s a glimpse…..
Whoever came up with the expression “eats like a bird” to describe someone with an eensy appetite never watched wild birds in winter. Although feathers do a fine job of insulating a small bird’s body from cold, food is the fuel that stokes its inner fires, keeping its metabolism generating crucial heat and energy. From sunup to sundown, an overwintering bird’s focus in life is to feed its face. Most small species need to eat from one-third to three-fourths their body weight in food each day. No gluttony here, though; the name of the game is survival, pure and simple. No food, no tomorrow.
We feed birds to nourish our own winter-weary souls, too. Somehow watching birds flit from feeder to bush to branch, to feeder to bush to branch, lifts our spirits. Putting out feeders not only gives us a closer look at our feathered friends, but also gives us a greater sense of kinship with the creatures sharing our natural world.