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Out My Backdoor: Bird-feeding Problems

By Terry W. Johnson

Chances are, if you are reading this column, one of your favorite winter pastimes is feeding birds. As such, each year you spend hundreds of dollars on feeders and foods in hopes of attracting birds within easy viewing distance of your home.

So far, much of winter 2015-2016 has been disappointing for those of us who enjoy seeing white-throated sparrows, cardinals, dark-eyed juncos and a host of others dining at our backyard bird cafes.

Out My Backdoor: Mild Winter Doesn't Mean Early Nesting

By Terry W. Johnson

I must admit I have never experienced a winter quite like this one. It has been so unseasonably warm that the best way to describe it is that we are going through springtime in winter.

Although I can remember winters when we have enjoyed a few days of warm weather sprinkled among the cold days of a typical Georgia winter, for days on end now the temperatures have soared into the 70s and even 80s and dropped only into the balmy 50s at night.

Out My Backdoor: A Great Way to Greet the New Year

By Terry W. Johnson

When I walked outside to retrieve the newspaper on New Year's morning the sky was gray and the temperature hovered around the freezing mark. This was definitely not the weather I had hoped experience on the first day of the year. However, before my spirits had a chance to sag, I was greeted with the loud call of a Carolina wren.

As soon as I heard the bird's cheery song, I said to myself, "What a great way to start the new year!"

Out my backdoor: Crossvine Should Be a Backyard Favorite

By Terry W. Johnson

Each spring, a parade of flowering plants marches across the Georgia countryside. As I write this column, when I pause and look out across my yard, I am regaled with the beauty of the blossoms adorning Chickasaw plums, redbuds, yellow Jessamine, daffodils, jonquils, forsythias and pear trees. Around this neck of the woods, they are always at the head of Mother Nature’s spring parade of flowers.