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Friday, January 7, 2011

I can haz entertainment?

Are you looking for an inexpensive and easy way to provide everlasting entertainment for your children (and your cats)?

The answer is right in your own back yard. You need only make a couple of minor purchases and then be on your way to never ending entertainment for your children (and your cats).

What you need: 

1 or more bird feeders
1 or more bags of bird seed

What you do:

Find a good spot in your yard to hang the bird feeders. Near a window is preferable.
Apply liberal amounts of bird seed on a regular basis.
Keep the blinds open so the kids (and cats) can enjoy the ever changing view.

Bird feeders are great, especially in the winter. We hung our feeders a few short weeks ago, and we're already the most popular house on the block. The sheer volume of hungry birds that visit our back deck every day is unbelievable. The girls (and the cats) sit by the window and jump for joy each time a new bird visits. The girls (and the cats)  twitch with excitement as we watch new birds settle in the nearby trees, waiting their turn at the feeders. We have even had the opportunity to learn about the various types of birds that frequent our back yard. Cardinals are frequent visitors, and we have learned the difference between female and male cardinals just by watching the birds that come to eat.

It is fun to feed the local wildlife. Your kids (and cats) get free entertainment, and you are doing something to help out in the world. You can also dispose of old bread, old cereal and leftover crackers in this manner. Just sprinkle the crumbs out in the yard for the birds and squirrels to scavenge. Those bits of food end up in some lucky animal's tummy instead of the landfill. See - just another way that feeding the animals helps.


John | English Wilderness said...

We've been feeding the birds here since the cold spell started 6 weeks ago. They've munched through everything apart from a coconut...

Maybe I should've opened it for them ;-)