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This time of year can be cold, gray, and dreary – the buzz of the holidays and the freshness of the new year have passed, but spring is still weeks, even possibly months away. Yet instead of letting these often bleak and dingy days get you down, it’s a great time to enjoy winter birds and warm beverages – the theme of this month’s giveaway!
Loving Winter Birds
February is a month of love as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and loving winter birds is something we can do all month long, not just on a single day. From the flitting of woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches to the raucous energy of jays to the burst of colorful cardinals, winter birds can bring much joy to our yards every day.
Yet while it is so cold and snow still lies thick upon the ground, we might not enjoy actually being out among birds. This is the perfect time to watch birds from the comfort of a warm room, sipping a gently steaming cup of our favorite warm and cozy beverage – be it tea, coffee, or cocoa. We can even ensure birds have a warm drink of their own, or at least one that isn’t ice cold, if we provide heated bird baths.
Of course, warm winter drinks go great with treats, and while we might enjoy a scone, cookie, or other decadent bite, birds do best with winter foods rich in fat and calories to keep warm, such as sunflower seed, suet, or peanuts.
The Book to Win
This month’s giveaway prizes embrace the theme of enjoying backyard birds and warm beverages with the charming children’s book, Tea with Lady Sapphire: Sharing the Love of Birds. This darling book embraces youthful curiosity and enthusiasm while discovering a variety of winter birds – woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, jays, titmice, goldfinches, waxwings, redpolls, and more. The book includes messages of conservation and appreciation, as well as introducing young readers to different facts about familiar birds, basic bird identification, and just how to enjoy all our backyard visitors. There is even a recipe for delicious snickerdoodles!
The giveaway includes an author-autographed hardcover copy of Tea with Lady Sapphire, but that’s not all! The winner will also receive a single-serving packet (1.6 oz) of one of my very favorite winter beverages, Candycane Cocoa from Stephen’s Gourmet. The rich milk chocolate flavor packed with peppermint bits makes a delicious drink for any chilly day.
Enter the Giveaway
It’s easy to enter to win both the book and the cocoa to accompany it – just answer the following question in the comments below.
Which is your go-to warm winter drink:
coffee, tea, or cocoa?
A valid email address must be entered in the comment form to be contacted if you win, and the giveaway is only open to participants in the United States. The package will ship via USPS priority directly from Be Your Own Birder. By entering, participants agree to the Giveaway Guidelines. Entries will close on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, and the winner will be randomly selected at that time. Get your entry in, and soon you’ll be enjoying a delicious drink and a fun book with all your winter birds!