Monday, March 07, 2011

Poor Birds!

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We had a March dump of snow here in the north east United States last night. 

Poor birds in my neighborhood woke up this morning to the site of their feeder covered in snow!

February and March are the most difficult months for wild birds.  The earth is in a hard freeze, making it difficult for them to resort to their normal sources of food.  They really appreciate backyard feeders.

So, it's important for us who have bird feeders to keep them filled with food and cleared of snow.  It's a sadaqa to Allaah's creatures.

Do they not see the birds held (flying) in the midst of the sky?  None holds them but Allaah (none gave them the ability to fly but Allaah).  Verily, in this are clear Ayat (proofs and signs) for a people who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah) 16:79


mezba said...

Was thinking of getting a bird feeder myself. However, how will birds know there is one in the garden? And do they eat up other plants in the garden?


Safiyyah said...

They will find it after a few days Mezba. Every morning, around dawn, they go searching for food. Within weeks, your feeder will be a regular morning stop for them. Of course, they come throughout the day, too, but primarily in the morning.

As to eating other things in the garden, depends on what you have in there. They do like seeds but will only eat them if they are on top of the ground. Once you plant, they shouldn't dig them up. Also, they love berry bushes, but my experience is that there is plenty for both bird and human :)

Some birds even eat harmful garden insects.

So - get a feeder Mezba!

But be sure to get one that looks similar to mine in the picture. It is specifically squirrel proof. The squirrels can eat a tiny bit but they can't clean out the feeder like they tend to do with other style feeders. I sometimes throw seed on the ground or on top of the snow to distract squirrels from my feeders.