Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Change It or Accept It?
Gah. Remember my mention yesterday of a mysterious sparrow-eating cat in our yard?
Well. There is no cat.
Instead, we've been invaded by pushy, blood-thirsty, flesh-tearing grackles.
I'd never even heard of any semi-normal birds killing other birds before, but yesterday evening Tom and I witnessed a grackle picking at Dead Sparrow #3 (for the day) outside our dining room window.
So I ran upstairs to check online whether this horrible sight could be true (what did we ever do before computers?) and oh my. I discovered whole message boards of bird lovers bemoaning the plight of sparrows due to horrid, horrid grackles.
Tom and I felt sick with disappointment. We've fed birds over 20 years and, being homebodies, one of our greatest joys is watching myriad birds fluttering joyfully only feet away from our dining room window. And Daniel and Sammy The Cats love their 'kitty tv' even more than we do.
"Frustration: trying to do something you can do nothing about."
So rather than just sit here feeling frustrated by those &^%$@# grackles, I'm Taking Steps.
I emptied the regular feeders into the trash. I stored one in the garage and hung flowers, instead, from its former post, but our old finch feeder will go there after I buy finch seed. The oriole feeder will stay up and I'll buy a hummingbird feeder. I'll wait a month before I try putting out any regular bird seed--hopefully the grackles will have grown weary of sitting vulture-like in our trees by then.
Some things in Life can be changed and some cannot, but oh, when we mix those up! When we waste our strength and years trying to change what cannot be...
Yet what brings peace? Accepting what cannot be changed and then simply, quietly, doing something about what can.
More info. on grackle-avoiding bird feeding can be found here. Wilma in my comments reminded me that safflower seed is supposed to be a good alternative. I'll try that in a couple of weeks.
And yes... some people believe birds shouldn't be fed in the summer. I am not one of those people. :)
Oh! And almost forgot to add.... the blood meal is working wonderfully in keeping squirrels away from my plants. This was another thing which had a solution--I just had to search for it rather than sit around and whine about the problem.
Isaiah 41:10 ... fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.