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Feeding Birds Bread, Is It A Good Thing?
February 11, 2019

We have been in quite a stretch of weather.

(Shared are a few pictures of Ice Covered Trees. It got much worse as time went on. And a couple of Cardinals from Saturday.)

(Ice covered trees in the woods across the way.)

First the Polar Vortex and the epic cold temperatures and windchill, and a couple feet of snow.

Followed by two days of temperatures in the upper 40's F., and lots of melting.

A flash freeze followed by back to back Ice Storms.

My part of Michigan and surrounding counties, we were in the Bull's Eye.

Up to .5 inches of freezing rain and ice.

Friday followed with sub zero wind chills and more Lake snow causing whiteouts.

At one point, more than 260,000 homes, businesses, schools, nursing homes, an one hospital were out of power.

The hospital ran on emergency generator power, yet many surgeries and programs were canceled.

Thank you 'Red Cross' and all the Volunteers that helped in the trying situations.

To the churches and schools that opened up as warming shelters, etc.

Crews from eight states were called in to assist.

Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, as far away as Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

The people of Michigan Thank You all, as thousands are still without power going into the weekend, and several today.

Giving the region 8 snow/weather days of no school in the past two weeks.

10 for the season.

Unprecedented for us.

Thank the Good Lord there were few fatalities.

Needless to say, cabin fever is high around here.

This past weekend was mild, we will see what this week brings.

Onto this weeks topic.

Should you feed your birds breads and snacks?


Is feeding bread and other baked goods okay for birds?

From the get go, it is like a two edged sword.

The occasional stale bread or doughnut wont necessarily harm the birds but, baked goods tend to attract birds we don't really want.

Non native birds like House sparrows, European starlings and Rock pigeons.

Dealing with these nuisance birds are more than I want, already.

Yes, I know,

Many of us grew up tossing out old and stale baked goods to the birds.

That doesn't make it right,however.

Bread, doughnuts, French fries, and other goodies are great fillers, but don't have the nutritional value needed to survive.

Breads also expand as it absorbs moisture, taking up even more stomach space.

Popcorn is a great filler for us, but where is the protein needed?

Birds still need fats and proteins to survive, not flour, sugar, yeast, salt and whatever is in the baked good.

Sure starches are converted to quick energy, but birds need more than a quick burst of energy to survive.

Especially in the cold winters.

Fill a bird on bread and there is no room for sunflowers, peanuts, suet or what insects they may find.

Treat the birds in the morning or in warmer weather, but not in the evening when they need every bit of energy they can muster.

Baked goods may also contain to much salt for many species of birds.

Baked goods may have mold or spoil in other ways.

If you wont eat it, don't feed it to the birds.

Sometimes a tasty doughnut or butter and jelly on the bread will attract rats and mice.

I don't like rats.

You may instead want to save stale (not moldy) bread and bread crumbs for you meat loaf and other needs.

There has even been research on House sparrows that hang out at McDonald's and live on handouts.

Though these birds seem well fed and plump on buns and fries, they become lethargic as they become malnourished.

Leading to a shortened life span.

Feeding bread to the birds..........

My opinion and the thoughts of other experts say it is not a good practice to start and one you should stop if you are feeding it on a regular basis.

If you have wondered why I never write about treats or typed out recipes for bird muffins, cookies or other goodies, now you know why.

If you have wondered why I never write about treats or typed out recipes for bird muffins, cookies or other goodies, now you know why.

While eating their fill on your leftovers, birds can actually starve to death.

Unless your treats are chock full of seeds, fruits and nuts, too much bread filler is not a good thing.

Don't forget the Great Backyard Bird Count This coming Fri through Monday.

February 15th-18th.

Time to be an amateur scientist (help the ones that get paid to do this stuff.)

Whether you watch and count from the comforts of home, or get outside, walk a park or woodland.

Count for 15 minutes a few times
a day, or an afternoon outing.

Go To, Cornell Great Backyard Bird Count and sign up.

It's Free.

Keep snow removed from and around your feeders.

It is always a good idea to keep an area packed down or snow removed for your ground feeding friends.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

It’s no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.

Author unknown

In my opinion, here is the definition of true love from the Bible

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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