When the temperature dropping past cold the last few weeks, the acrylic bird feeder stuck on my window suddenly became the hottest spot in town. Mind you this is the same feeder the little chirpers ignored all summer in spite of all my efforts to attract them.
I tried everything – sprinkling bird seed on the ground and drawing a line up the side of the house to the feeder, installing a blinking arrow on the roof pointing down to it and posting signs reading, “Get Yur Nectar Fix Here,” Fly With Wild Bird Seed” and “Live High Off the Window.” None of which grabbed the attention of a single bird, not even a passing sparrow.
I did notice a large number of birds perched in the trees getting stoned off the mulberries. Which explained why they couldn’t manage a feeder landing.
So, when they flew in this winter, I didn’t get terribly excited or even particularly sympathetic. It’s amazing how much friendlier they were, inviting all their ruffled buddies for miles around to join them for a free feed. Trouble is, the bird feeder is covered in snow and not even a squirrel can find it. Such a shame, there they sit sober, lined up on the picnic table ( without a one falling off,) just waiting to take a flying run at the feeder.