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HOT PURSUIT

For months and months, I have been thinking about how I need a bird feeder outside my house.
I splurged a few weeks ago and went out to finally buy a bird feeder, along with some birdseed. I also had to get an Audubon deck bracket to prop the feeder up on my deck to enjoy the birds from inside the house.
It was exciting for me to get my bird feeder up and running. I loaded it up with birdseed, got it properly mounted and carefully positioned it on my deck under a tree notorious for having birds chirping away.
The excitement has quickly turned to frustration.
I have a wonderful bird feeder stocked with seed, but guess what? I’m missing the most important part - the birds.
Ever since I put up the feeder, I haven’t seen a single bird. There have been signs of possibly something munching on the seed, but for all I know, it’s probably a squirrel or some other rodent.
No birds to enjoy my bird feeder.
What adds to the frustration is when I sit out on my deck enjoying a refreshment, I hear birds singing away in the nearby trees as if they’re making fun of me by avoiding what I created for them.
Perhaps it’s simply a case of bad timing. Perhaps, as the seasons change and food sources diminish, they will return.
I’ve also been told to be patient. Apparently, the virtue of patience is essential when using a new bird feeder.
Some other tips I’ve come across include, but really have me wondering more than anything:
• Avoid using chemical insecticides or fertilizers in your garden. I have no garden.
• Check the cleanliness of your bird feeder and the freshness of your seed. Brand new, don’t know how much cleaner it can get.
• There will be fewer birds when it’s raining. The gauge is empty, haven’t seen hardly any rain all summer.
• Check for a new predator in the area. I haven’t come across one yet.
• Make sure the seed is dry and free from mold. It’s fresh out of the bag.
Some sources say it can take as much as one month or even longer to get birds to a new feeder. So maybe I’m jumping the gun a little too quickly.
At any rate, my bird feeder is loaded and ready for lots of friendly birds. So I’ll continue my stakeout and hope the word gets out that the feeder is ready for intruders of the tweeting kind.
I’m in hot pursuit of putting out bird calls to attract feathery friends to my neighborhood.

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