Something as fragile as a small bird can adjust your attitude in a minute. On a bleak day, a brilliant splash of red from a Cardinal's wing or a shock of blue from a Jay can catch your eye and keep you entertained in the moment. Tiny Chickadees chirp and sing as if it were the middle of spring, and funny little Nut Hatches hop vertically up a tree trunk as if there were no gravity.
Birds that stay in our area during the winter months, bring beauty, activity and show surprising hardiness. It seems they are not bothered by the snow or cold temps. However, they could use our help in some instances, and we get the added gift of admiring them for a while.
One thing is for sure, the weather in New England is NOT predictable. Even in 24 hours, it can change in extremes. If you love to feed the birds, or would like to start, there are just a few things to keep in mind when it comes to preparing for winter.
Birds can have a rough time of it in certain years. If snow cover is heavy, and temps are freezing, they may not get enough food or worse no water.
Below, C.L. has given us some great points on how to gear up for the cold weather regarding birds.
Bird-watching groups might be something you may want to consider as well. On this peninsula, we have the
Cape Cod Bird Club.
They have walks and monthly meetings to get more information on where to go and what to see.
Country Garden has talks about birds during our off-season. We bring in experts from the area and in the industry. You can sign up for notification of these events by
Enjoy the shorter days with a little bird activity. It can make a difference!