Gardening is a great hobby and it is something I really enjoy! Needless to say my gardens look like, well I can’t even begin to tell you what they look like as they are covered with 6″ of snow. So this means I need to find a new hobby for the time being. This new hobby that I have taken a new liking to is bird watching/feeding. In the past we feed the birds(thistle) and it made a mess in my gardens so I swore that we were done with bird feeders. I did not need thistle weeds in my garden, not only do I hate weeding I hate prickers on the weeds even more! This Fall I got to thinking… if the bird seed does germinate, I guess sunflowers would not be a bad weed problem to have. So I bought a huge bag of black oil sunflower seeds and filled my feeder up. It was such a nice surprise to see the birds come. So I bought another feeder thinking if one feeder is good, 2 or 3 would be better. The multiple feeders have been great and I am attracting several varieties of feathered friends. My daily visitors include: Cardinals, Yellow Finch, Red Finch, Sparrows, Tuftedtit Mouse,  Black-capped Chickadees, and Downy Wood Peckers. Not only is it fun feeding them now but it will also be fun to have them around as summer visitors in my garden.

I will share a few pictures that I took today. I just love to watch the cardinals fly around, the contrast that they have against the white snow is just amazing. They add a splash of color to a colorless white and brown winter world.

If you have photos of your feathered friends or summer gardens and would like to share them, please feel free to post them on the Garden Crossings Facebook Page.

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