There have not been that many birds dining at 'Chez May Dreams Gardens' this winter. This feeder has been half full of the same seed for over a month.I left a comment on Mary's View lamenting that the birds weren't eating regularly at my feeder. Mary always has birds at her feeders, so many that sometimes they seem to be lined up waiting to get the the feeders, just like people line up to eat at the best restaurant in town.
Then Mary sent me a nice email wondering what could possibly be wrong here at May Dreams Gardens and I confessed I thought part of the problem was "cheap seed". She told me to go buy some BOSS, Black Oil Sunflower Seed, and try that in the feeder.
So that's what I did because that's what Mary feeds her birds and she always has a lot of them.
While I was out there, I noticed some daffodils poking up through the mulch.Seeing these sprouts slowed me down from cleaning out and refilling the feeder because of my GADS (Garden Attention Distraction Syndrome). Gads, I had to go around and look to see if any other bulbs were coming up. I didn't see any others, just these daffodils. I also looked for blooms for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
Yes, I looked for blooms outside in Zone 5 in January. It was a nice, sunny, brisk day and you just never know.
Where were we? Oh, yes, better feed for my bird feeder.
In this age of instant gratification, I had hoped that the birds would see me with my new bag of BOSS and come circling around, land on my shoulders and tweet little songs of thanks to me, while I cleaned out and refilled the feeder.
I did hear some birds singing and tweeting, but I didn't see any, so I think they might have been off in this big pine tree in the neighbor's yard behind me.
But I also saw evidence that birds have been in my garden.
Mary did tell me that it might take a few days for the birds to find my newly filled feeders, so I've resigned myself to waiting.And waiting some more.
No birds yet. Hopefully soon the birds will be dining again at Chez May Dreams Gardens, and I'll have some bird pictures to share. Then I'll be writing about how much all this BOSS is costing me.
But it will be worth it because a garden without birds is like a blog without comments. It just ain't right.