2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
I have written in the past against feeding white bread to birds. Here is a post with photos by Rambling Woods that explains further why the birds should not be given white bread or any other junk food. I do not agree with hand feeding hunted birds, but I know not everyone holds this conviction. The author of the website gives some good food choices that are suitable for the wild geese and ducks, if you want to feed these birds.
This is the one duck we will give food to. Besides her feed , she gets a salad every day- organic Romaine lettuce and tomatoes. She also finds tasty morsels around the house. Yesterday, she got a new, bigger pool and had a grand time. With her age, she struggles getting in and out, but has figured out the stairs to get in. Either we have to carry her out of the pool, or she makes a grand flop onto the ground.
Another reminder: With nesting season approaching and having already begun in some areas, if you set out nesting materials, make sure they are natural colors. Some use bright colors because they want to see the nests the birds make. Not only does it make the nest more visible to the human eye, it is much more visible to predators that often have better eyesight than us. Do not let your selfishness in seeing the birds cause them harm.
Some say do not use thread or yarn at all because of the risk of strangulation, but I recently read about nestlings being strangled by grass. If you want to use yarn or thread, make sure their length is no longer than 6 inches. Our nesting materials of choice are my hair (from the hairbrush) cut into shorter chunks and white fluff. I do want to tie some red ribbon to the holder of white fluff and see if it catches the attention of hummingbirds.
Also, if you find any old nests, do not keep them for yourselves. Besides being against the law, birds will recycle nests. The children spotted a Robin taking apart the old Oriole nest up in the tree.