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The Value of the Backyard Bird Feeder

I believe the value of the ordinary backyard bird feeder is greatly misunderstood.

Is it a refuge for birds in the dead of winter, starving for small morsels of food? Or is it just a waypoint in the daily life of a sparrow, as he/she flies hither and thither, occasionally perching and blessing us humans with a brief song?

I don’t know, as I’m not an ornithologist. But I do work in an office.

So, I wonder if the birds see it like a water cooler? Flying in, checking out what seeds are at the little window, filling their little gullets, and chatting about what they all saw on their daily...


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