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Bird Photos And Poem: When Wild Birds Become Feathered Friends

Welcoming birds into your yard is a labor of love and a lesson in humility. Agile and adaptable, I'm in awe of how they forge through life with amazing ability.


Baby thrashers first cranberry


Faced with humans cutting trees that send nests crashing to the ground, or the force of Mother Nature blowing their homes down.


Mother robin in her nest


Crows gobble up eggs as soon as they are laid.

Mom and dad fight to defend each clutch, but still a high price is paid.


Mockingbird posing between songs


From the mockingbird that choruses all night long,


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5 Ways To Help Wildlife Survive Winter


Male cardinal in sasanqua bush


Every morning I take roll call to make sure all of my backyard birds survived, especially when harsh weather strikes. Mr. and Mrs. cardinal, 2 bluebird couples, pine warblers and 2 yellow rumped warblers, sparrow clan, chickadee and titmice pack that always travel together. 


Female cardinal in flight off feeder in snow


And the list goes on...


Bluejay in snow on the ground


I worry for my babies when the wind howls and the temperatures plummet. Piling on layers of clothing and trekking like an eskimo through slippery ice patches and snow drifts two times a day (in sickness and in health) isn't always fun. But the inhabitants of my wildlife sanctuary are stuck 24/7 in wind chills and inclement weather with dwindling food selections so my few minutes of teeth chattering chills pales in comparison.


And yes, you may have an uninvited guest but all wildlife is welcome, particularly during the hardships of winter when harvesting their natural food sources becomes impossible.


Squirrel eating cylinder seed block in bird bath


Here are 5 things you can do to empower backyard birds and other wildlife to survive another day.

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