Thursday, January 07, 2010
These beautiful winter jewels are expensive! We must replace about 8 pounds of sunflower seed every 6 days and slightly less on the mixed seed and fruit mix for the other feeder during the week. There are NOT that many birds in my backyard. They are few enough in both species and number of species that I can recognize them. I could even give them names as I sometimes do.
Many are small like the titmouse and the chickadee, and as hubby says, one would think about 6 sunflower seeds should fill up their tiny tummies for the day or at least the morning meal. But these birds can put away the food! It seems that eventually they would become flat footed plodders awkwardly balancing the extra weight on the tree branches reminding one of drunken clowns as the orgy of eating continues throughout the day. One might think that I could see their bellies dragging along the snowy wet grass as they try desperately to start flight. One would think that they would spend more time sleeping in the holly trees near the feeders burping away and waiting for the meal to digest.
None of this true. We are spending a fortune on seeds and these birds have a metabolism that does not quit! We should all be so lucky.