This past summer has been for the birds around the Lewis household. Literally.
This spring was the first time I bought a bag of birdseed for the backyard. I was at the hardware store one day and saw a bag and decided to buy it. I didn’t own a bird feeder and had no idea where I was going sprinkle it, but with the number of birds I noticed sitting on the fence and in the trees, I thought it would be a good idea.
I decided I’d pour some out at the base of a big tree we have in the backyard. The birds seemed to congregate there so it seemed as good a spot as any. Within a couple of days the seed was gone, so I went back to the hardware store and bought a bigger bag. That seemed to go just as quickly. When I realized how quickly I was going to be going through this stuff, I decided to find a less expensive supplier, so one day I dropped into a dollar store and found what I was looking for. I remember walking out of the store with six bags of birdseed. I’ve been back many times since then.
I can’t blame all of the consumption solely on the birds. They have some help in the form of two squirrels who come down daily for their feed as well. A couple of weeks ago I decided to grab some almonds for the squirrels so they would leave the birdseed to the birds. Well, needless to say, they don’t seem to last that long either. It’s getting to be more expensive to feed the backyard animals than it is to feed our pets!
Now I’ve got to figure out what to do with winter looming. Birdseed on the ground just isn’t going to cut it after the first snowfall.
I guess I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a bird feeder.