Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Birds in my Backyard

This week, we've had bitterly cold weather in the Northeast.   As Wellesley's unofficial weatherman,  I've been tracking temperatures as low as -5F (without wind chill) and -20F with windchill.

I've provided extra safflower, sunflower, and thistle to the winter birds that frequent our yard - Carolina Wrens, Juncos, Nuthatches, Flickers, Doves, Hairy Woodpeckers, House Finches, Cardinals, and Blue Jays.

We've provided a source of drinkable water by heating a bird bath.

An interesting side effect of becoming the food, water and shelter magnet for birds in our neighborhood is that we've also attracted 3 birds of prey - 2 Red-Shouldered hawks and 1 Coopers hawk (above).

While writing about Meaningful Use this weekend, I looked up and saw a cardinal eating safflower.   I looked up again and saw a Red-Shouldered hawk eating the cardinal.

Although I'm a vegan I can appreciate that this is the food chain in action and respect it.

Winter is a remarkable time for mindfulness - to steep yourself in the events of the moment, watch the birds against the snow, and appreciate living in the present.


Anonymous said...

This made me smile. Thank you.

Puneet Singh Lamba said...

Good that you take time to enjoy nature. I believe that is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.