6 Reasons Why Bird Feeders Make a Great Mother’s Day Gift

Full disclosure, I’ve owned a bird feeding company for 24 years.

I, also, had a mother, am a mother, and gave birth to a mother. Not to mention the other Mothers I’m variously related to, friends with, and fans of who have influenced and changed my life in miraculous ways. In other words, I know something about the genre.

So the title of this blog could seem like a blatant sales ploy. OR, it could also be considered ‘Expert Opinion’ from a person with some cred when it comes to the topic.

You decide.

Reason #1: Your Mom Likes Birds/Bird Feeding

Duh. Self-explanatory and a no-brainer.

If your Mom is already a bird feeding enthusiast, then getting her a new feeder is a hands-down winner. Some statistics tell us the average person who feeds birds has more than two bird feeders. For people who really enjoy it, in that statistic, I would focus on “MORE THAN.” 

Your challenge with a Mom who already feeds birds is knowing what she likes or already has in the yard. One thing you can rarely go wrong with is a tube feeder. Not all birds will eat from them, but some beautiful ones will, e.g., the American Goldfinch, brilliant yellow/black from Spring until Fall and nearly everywhere in the USA.

Platform feeders, statistically, are the most purchased type of feeders, possibly because they allow the least obstructed view of the birds.

Reason #2: Your Mom Likes Photography

If your Mom is a photography buff, she’s probably already taken a ton of photos of birds. If she’s a newbie in the hobby, giving her a bird feeder opens up a huge new avenue of photographic subjects. There is a high and positive correlation between photography and bird images, if you doubt it, Google ‘bird images.’  I just did, here’s the response:

About 2,860,000,000 results (0.60 seconds)

Almost THREE BILLION images. It’s true some people shoot birds in the wild, but nearly 3 billion prefer this alternative way of ‘shooting’ birds. In the wild OR in the backyard.

Reason #3:  Your Mom Likes Gardening

Again, there is a high correlation between gardening, the Number 1 most popular hobby/pastime and ‘birding,’ the Number 2 most popular hobby/pastime. In fact, some gardeners plant plants* designed to attract specific birds to their yard.

Gardening/Birding is like its own sub-ecosystem, they complement each other in a very naturistic way. If you want to exploit this ‘partnership of pastimes,’ do a little research on what kinds of birds are attracted to the type of plants your Mom likes to grow.

Here is a starting point: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/the-best-plants-and-trees-to-plant-for-birds-a-starter-list/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Zjz9aGM4gIVWp7ACh1LRAnlEAAYAyAAEgL18vD_BwE

Reason #4:  Your Mom is a Dog Lover

According to studies, nearly half the people who own dogs, also feed wild birds. There doesn’t seem to be any apparent reason this is so, but I have my own theory. I think it might have to do with caretaking and nurturing, things for which Mothers are universally renown.

Whatever the reason, though, if you sometimes think your Mom pays more attention to ‘Sparky’ than you, there’s a pretty good chance a bird feeder will be right up her alley. Once a nurturer, always a nurturer.

Reason #5:  Your Mom Needs More Chill Time

Who doesn’t, right?

The great thing about feeding birds is that it’s a super easy way to connect with nature and that’s where the real benefit of a bird-feeder-as-a-gift lies.

More and more studies show that even the smallest brush with nature positively affects our feelings of well-being, both physically and emotionally. You don’t have to stand on the patio with a pair of binoculars to derive benefit, a mere glance out the window as you’re carrying laundry through the house will do. Small touches with nature can lower cortisol levels that reduce feelings of stress, induce calm and encourage relaxation.

And according to a friend of mine (a self-described Bird Nerd), there’s also a connection between bird sounds and our feelings of well-being. Somehow, he claims, our human brains are hardwired to hear chirping as a safety sound that “all’s well.”

So if you want to give Mom something that enables her nurturing instinct and also adds to her well-being, give her a bird feeder.

Reason #6: Your Mom Loves a Connection to YOU

This is my favorite reason.

Bird feeding, it turns out, is almost always an ‘inherited’ activity. By that I mean the reason most people feed birds is because of someone special in their lives. I call it the Love Connection.

When asked why they feed birds, the most often given answer has to do with someone they care about who feeds (fed) birds. A connection with a family member, a dear friend or a spouse is what generally triggers the activity.

Bird feeding, more than a hobby, is a multi-generational activity that connects us to nature and…each other.

Now THAT’S a gift.

Happy Mother’s Day!


* “plant plants” sounds idiotic but I couldn’t think of a better word choice, and it passed Grammar Check.

Author: Jan Long

Published: May 8, 2019

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