I am thankful for an empty bird feeder.
A week ago, we put up a bird feeder at the new house to give the birds a chance to find it before the winter. Well, we checked it yesterday and it was totally empty! I'm not sure what ate the food, but Ward reports that he saw two little, gray birds* on it one day. Meanwhile, back at the present house, I stopped feeding the birds a few weeks ago. I didn't want them to get used to finding food here before winter. However, they're not suffering as there is plenty of natural food around. Yesterday in a short five minutes I saw crows, sparrows, Carolina wrens, blue jays, tufted titmouse, chickadees, and bluebirds.
Watching birds always brings a smile to my face, so for an empty feeder and visits from birds at both houses, I am thankful.
*Except for cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers, all birds are little gray birds to Ward.