I realize I should have written “tuppence” a bag but somehow the nostalgia is lost because we all sing, “toppins a bag.” 🙂

This song always runs through my mind when I sit at my desk and find myself distracted by all the wild birds flitting among the tree tops outside my window.  All kinds of birds – BlueJays, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Tufted Titmouse, Sparrows, Juncos, Chickadees…one big community at the feeders!

Bird watching started when I was young.  My mom always had feeders outside our windows and I remember as a child sitting and watching the birds in the winter.  With snow for a white background, the birds were very vivid!

I carried on the tradition of feeding the wild birds, especially for my own kiddos.  I’ve enjoyed being in different parts of the country and getting to know the various birds.  I will admit, I very much missed the Cardinal when we lived on the west coast.  They also don’t have the Blue Jay , instead it’s the Stellar Jay – same type of personality!

As a homesteader, my love of these wild birds has grown beyond the fascination of just watching…

These birds have become my partners in farming and homeschooling.

I feed during the winter months so they will stick around during the summer months and raise their young.

Do you know how many bugs one bird will eat??  Well, I don’t remember the exact number, but I do know it’s a lot!

Our science lessons often involve birds in the spring – life cycles, nesting habits, bug consumption…

And the best part?  It’s all free!

Okay, maybe not all free.  I’ve yet to calculate how much money I spend on feed in the winter 🙂  Thankfully my husband hasn’t asked.

But it’s so worth it for what I receive back!

Best part about bird watching, it doesn’t matter where you live, country or city, there are birds to be fed.

And in the winter, the birds are really grateful.

I realize I’ve added another responsibility to my chore list, well, really, my son’s chore list.  But the extra work in the winter is so worth the joy, education, and bug control we receive all year round.

I highly recommend this hobby!