Observations at the Bird Feeder

You can learn a lot about the interactions of people from watching birds.

From recent posts, you know that we added a bird feeder to our front yard to keep the birds from eating our dog’s food. This has been one of the most enjoyable additions to our retreat, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Before we were unable to watch the birds because they were sneaking onto the porch and stealing the dog’s food out of our line of sight. Now we have a perfect view from our front window.



The variety of birds that come to the feeder have been amazing. We have had redbirds, bluebirds, chickadees, tit mouse, starlings and golden finches. Added to the mix are a pair of doves, and a pair of red-headed woodpeckers (I didn’t know they would eat anything besides the insects they get from trees).

golden finch

golden finch

As I’ve watched the birds coming to eat, I have been amazed at how well they get along. The redbirds eat beside the chickadees and golden finches. The doves sit on the ground under the feeder beside the red-headed woodpeckers. The starlings light near the tit mouse and happily choose a seed. I sometimes watch them and wonder, “Now why can’t we all get along like that?”

If there is an occasional conflict, usually the smaller bird gives in to the larger bird, except in the case of the chickadee. He cheerfully stands his ground, ignoring any harassing attempts from the other birds. As a smaller bird, he is also very quick to get in, get the food, and get out.

Dove, Redbirds, Starling

dove, redbirds, starling, chickadee

Then the blue jay comes and they all flee. Apparently he is the bully of the birdfeeder. There always has to be one in the crowd….right?

So…..if you are looking for some new entertainment this spring, add a bird feeder. As you watch the birds you may pick up tips on dealing with people in your life and the variety of personalities God has created.


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