In 2020, I was one of many employees who began working from home. Being close to home most of the time brought back the idea of feeding the birds. I had previously hung flower baskets from my shepherds hooks, and the hummingbirds would occasionally visit. I decided to make a change and hang bird feeders instead. I bought a hummingbird feeder and started making my own nectar. It was a thrill to take a break from work and watch hummingbirds visit and feed. Then I added a suet cake and very quickly the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers found it.
Next, I added a birdbath, which was almost more fun than the feeders. The female cardinals especially enjoyed a long, splash-filled bath. The male cardinals were more concerned with preening than actually bathing. They would take a quick dip in the water, then get back to preening and looking good for the females. The House Finches came in groups and splashed away happily. Recently I added a tube feeder and welcomed back the goldfinches with Nyjer, and another feeder with Golden Safflower.
After I retired, I heard that All Seasons Wild Bird Store (where I shopped) was hiring part-time help. I stopped in one day and spoke with Carol, and you can guess the rest—I’m now a retail clerk at the Minnetonka store. We have many customers who share photos and information, and I enjoy adding to my knowledge of birds and feeding every day.
By Minnetonka store employee LORI BERNIER