Enjoy the Life Around You
The sky is clear blue. Sun sparkles off the snow covered ground. It is cold – below zero Fahrenheit. This is winter in Iowa.
Humans huddle indoors. Wildlife flourishes around the black oil sunflower seeds, black-niger thistle seeds and suet. We have invaded and displaced their natural habitat. We owe them a little help.
Chickadees are a constant. House finches, juncos, goldfinches, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, and red breasted woodpeckers make their daily appearances. Squirrels and house sparrows are nuisances. I have not seen our hairy woodpeckers, pine siskins, or sharp shinned hawk yet this year.
Nature has a sense of humor. The red-breasted woodpecker industriously take sunflower seeds from the feeder and packs them into hollows in the redbud tree. Minutes later the downey woodpecker steals them.
Take time to enter the Blue Zones of the natural world around you. Life is more than the latest video games.
Jay Ginther, MD