And, I make sure they have ample water to wash down their food.
Funny, they're called birdbaths, but they obviously do multiple duty, these water containers; birds do bathe in them, some, like the brown-headed cowbird, so vigorously that they splash most of the water out of what I call watering holes. Others, including the neon-bright goldfinch, sip carefully, swiveling their heads to avoid surprise attacks from prowling predators.
|Here's Bobby; Where's Whitney?|
When I first started gardening in Connecticut a decade ago, most birds visiting my place were seasonal, stopping in during spring and summer, then starting to head south during the fall.
But, in recent years, I've seen more and more permanent residents, their boundaries apparently pushed farther north by warmer temperatures brought about by climate changes around the world.
It is strange to see hummingbirds in autumn, even stranger to see bluebirds in winter. But, along with the climate, times have changed. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection notes that bluebirds "are becoming more common year-round in certain areas of Connecticut." My area certainly is one of those. And, not just for bluebirds.