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Saturday, February 1, 2020

It's February!

As you may recall last year on February's first day, I mentioned (here on Blogger) that this month is known as National Bird Feeding Month. Holiday Insights (HI) points out the reason for this, "Mid winter is a tough time for backyard birds. Snow often covers their food source, while at the same time food supplies are dwindling. A reliable high energy supply of bird seed is essential, to provide the energy your backyard birds need to survive the long lasting extreme cold in February."

The photograph atop this entry where house sparrows are eating from a feeder in my garden was taken three years ago in February of 2017. As you can see HI is correct in pointing out that weather conditions in February (in certain parts of the world) can result in food sources being covered — even feeders!

NYC has had very little snowfall last February, but the one day (towards the end of the month) snow did stick in my garden...

... and a lone downy woodpecker came to one of my feeders as seen below.

In any event, during other years, there was heavy snowfall in February, and I put food for my visiting birds under a shelf (part of my urban hedge) so it wouldn't get entirely covered by snow. This can be seen in the next set of pictures where a lone Northern mockingbird and a lone American robin are eating blueberries and grapes that I had put on a plate for the avian community.

Obviously February isn't the only snowy month in my garden. Snow has fallen in my place during a number of months, but since this is the month designated as National Bird Feeding Month, I've only included pictures of birds dining in February snow.

Let's see what happens re snow in this month of February in the year 2020! By the way, the birds included in this blog post are featured in my book series, Words In Our Beak.


The stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal. Her photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment.

Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The stories in books are set in my rooftop garden in NYC and include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books onto other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA).

All of the books and items can be upon on make for perfect Valentine's Day gifts. That holiday will be here in thirteen days!


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