All That Chatter Around Blue Bird Houses


January 23, 2017
posted by birdhouse chick @ 7:01 am

recycled blu bird houseLots of bluebird chatter recently and lots of chasing from feeders. It’s only January but in the southeast this activity means one thing… bluebirds are claiming their territories already!

The chattering along with the comical tip of the wing proves dad’s ready to find mom, pick the right blue bird house and get to work!

The previous family unit is severed and all bets are off now as juveniles are no longer welcome at meal worm feeders. Less than one full season old and it’s time to go find your own digs and significant other… they do grow up fast.

It’s difficult to watch sometimes, so you put extra meal worm feeders out and hope everyone gets a fair share. But instead, panic ensues and papa is frantically chasing his own offspring from feeder to feeder to feeder. Good grief!fence post meal worm feeder

This is precisely why having more than one bluebird house within view of another doesn’t work. But one in front, one in back does seem to work peacefully. And it’s worth it because watching blues nest and raise their young is fascinating. And it goes on for months if the first clutch fledges successfully.

Two, three sometimes even four nests per season! That’s superb entertainment for up to 6 months if you’re in the southeast anyway.

Always remove nests after babies have fledged. Unlike some cavity nesting birds, bluebirds prefer to build a new clean nest for each brood. Promptly removing old nests opens up the birdhouse for their next clutch. Discard away from the birdhouse (like in the trash) as old nests on the ground or nearby will draw predators.

A couple of new blue bird house for spring:New Blue bird Houses for Spring 2017

The Paisley Vinyl Bluebird House is whimsical garden decor with total functionality. Upgraded features make this one very bird friendly. Babies will love their fledgling ladder when it’s time to leave the nest!


Gilbertson Nest Box with new roofIf you happen to be ready for the next level and wish to monitor your bluebirds’ progress (recommended) the popular Gilbertson Nest Box recently received a cool upgrade. An optional recycled plastic roof (poly-lumber) in matching brown looks perfect.

The new roof coupled with its vinyl birch-like cavity will be around for many seasons. And tests were performed measuring ambient heat… the plastic roof keeps houses cooler in summer than the the original cedar roof. But for any die-hards out there… the original roof is still available.

C’mon spring and happy birding!

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Roosting in Decorative Bird Houses: Snowmageddon 2017!


January 8, 2017
posted by birdhouse chick @ 11:11 pm

Snow Cardinals don't use decorative bird houses

There wasn’t much difference than the great snow of 2016, but like rain in Southern California, snowfall in Atlanta is disastrous. The main difference is grocery stores sell out like it’s the blizzard of the century! A panic ensues when the mention of white fluffy stuff is forecast, folks get crazed while grocery store shelves become barren.

Now if you happen to be a crazy bird-lady (or man), the concern becomes stockpiling bird food! Seed, suet, meal worms, peanuts and the ingredients for bluebird banquet- which many other birds will partake. Yellow cornmeal, whole wheat flour, peanut butter and lard… find the easy recipe on our website under birding resources.

Wild birds are pretty resourceful, after all, they’ve been getting by for far longer than we’ve been feeding them. But in the dead of winter when natural food sources are scarce and what little remaining ones are covered by snow or ice, it really does help to offer up some good chow!

bluebirds will roost together in decorative bird houses

The heated baths see lots of activity simply because birds require water all the time and eating snow sucks. It burns too many calories trying to convert snow to liquid. Not fair when they spend all day at the feeders getting calories for energy just to sustain overnight.

Shelter becomes most critical as well, and decorative bird houses just might serve as the perfect nightly accommodations! Whether solo like the downy woodpecker who claims the Gilbertson nest box each night, or the family of  Eastern bluebirds who huddle together for warmth, leaving your bird houses out through winter definitely helps feathered friends thrive.

decorative bird houses serve as roosting spots

So offer up some good food, (not the cheap stuff loaded with fillers) at least one consistent fresh water source and shelter (yes, even decorative bird houses serve as refuge when it’s freezing) to help your birds through rough winter weather.

And this great image (seems credit was lost along the way?) floating around on Pinterest captions “nesting bluebirds” but these guys are most definitely roosting, huddled close for body heat in what appears to be a natural cavity or hollowed out log. It’s clear by the age and sheer number of birds. Keep warm little guys!

these bluebirds are roosting, not nesting

 

 

Metal Garden Rooster Rocks for the New Year!


December 31, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 2:42 am

Wishing you and yours happiness for the new year~
May 2017 be filled with all good things… including birds!

Rockin Rooster Garden Sculpture rocks for New Years

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!


December 25, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 12:23 am

Regardless of Your Celebration…
Let there be peace on earth and goodwill to all

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah

Happy Winter Solstice and Last Holiday Gifts


December 21, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 7:42 am

Happy HolidaysAnd Happy Winter Solstice!

The shortest day of the year… with the most to accomplish in the least amount of time! But the days do get longer- yes please!

Busy holiday times can be harrowing, the gift list is still incomplete, traffic is absurd, weather is frightful, yada, yada, yada! If you’ve waited until now to order anything online, chances may be slim for Christmas delivery, or extremely expensive for an expedited service. Don’t fret, because good things really do come in small packages!

If they happen to fancy birds, a birdbath heater or heated birdbath will be a huge hit… for the birds! They’ll flock to a fresh water source in frigid weather, showering the recipient with some really big shows! Should a heater not quite cut it as the perfect present, a gift certificate will let them shop and choose their favorite birdbath too!

Give a heater or heated birdbathSeparate solar fountains can be added to their own existing birdbath, bringing a new dimension to the birding thing. Birds adore moving water and many different species are attracted to it big time… even those who may not use birdhouses or feeders.solar fountain for a birdbath

Another gift idea:
Hummingbird Sun Catchers are an easy ship, decorative for their home, made in Canada and done in hand-blown glass. Stunning when hung in front of a window, mesmerizing as they twinkle while catching light. A collector’s piece to cherish, pretty enough to be passed down through generationsHummingbird Sun Catcher Holiday gift.

Head on over to our other gift guide, it seems to have gotten a bit further along than this one, and just about everything shown there is available and in stock here!

And if you happen to be local in the Atlanta area… then luck just struck!

Give us a call to come shop… we’re stocked with birdbaths, edible birdhouses, copper roof bird feeders, and lots of other cool garden whimsies. The very best gifts for the nature buff on your list!

Breathe and Feed the Birds… we have those Garden Art Poles too!

Garden Art Pole

 

Unique Birdhouses Make Awesome Holiday Gifts


December 7, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 8:49 am

Gift Idea 2- Unique BirdhousesFor a swell holiday gift, here’s why unique birdhouses are sure to please!

  • A birdhouse to match everyone’s personality
  • Long lasting (the good ones anyway)
  • A purchase with purpose
  • Gives back to nature, provides cavity nesting birds a place to raise their young
  • Beautifies the garden, porch, balcony or landscape
  • Gifts of nature soothe the soul, nothing to plug-in or download!

Birdhouses for all tastes include classic or funky, modern or traditional, rustic, whimsical or just plain felted wool gingerbread birdhouseweird for the one who may be… well, a tad off!

Materials range from wood, vinyl, glass, pottery, copper and recycled plastic. Even textiles make a cool birdhouse like this hand-felted gingerbread pick.

There’s edible birdhouses which serve as 2-in-1 gifts for use as a feeder now and a real wooden birdhouse for spring. Not all are created equal, but the Bed & Breakfast and Wren Casita promise to host many successful broods over the years!Bed & Breakfast Edible Birdhouse

On a more classic note, go for these architectural birdhouses (matching feeders too). Stunning in the landscape and fine housing for feathered friends, these vinyl birdhouses are guaranteed for life.
classic garden birdhouses

Some rustic birdhouses include driftwood from Indonesia, vintage church birdhouses and natural log front bird abodes. The latter replicate cavities in trees and snags where birds with no housing will seek safe digs to rear young. The salvaged logs are chosen for their uniqueness and deep openings. Forming a natural predator guard, they keep nestlings safe from intruders and cozy dry in the worst elements.

Natural Driftwood Birdhouserustic log front birdhouse

 

 

 

Birdhouses serve friendly fliers well throughout the year. Aside from nesting in spring, most offer up a cozy roosting spot for cold nights. They add character to the garden and simply help feathered friends thrive! All in all, a totally swell idea for any nature buff on your list!

Freebie Nyjer Feeder is Still On- Shop Small thru Dec 31st


November 27, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 1:22 am

Free Nyjer Feeder Sock for Goldfinches

While our previous post touted the benefits of offering nyjer (or thistle) seed, this info extends the offer through Monday night, 11/28.

For Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… wait, no shopping name for Sunday? Someone dropped the ball! Enjoy 10% off and nab a free nyjer feeder sock with every purchase.

These little feeders make fantastic stocking stuffers because birds really do use them, great quality too. You may even opt to keep the gift for your own birds!

Nyjer is an ideal seed to try if you’re just entering the backyard bird watching hobby. More of a journey as it becomes so darn addictive! Hard to explain, but once bitten by the bug… you’re hooked.

Another petite nyjer feeder, although not free, is the one-quart feeder. It has a molded acrylic dome and tray for extra perching space. In red, orange or yellow, it will prove to be a most popular spot in the smallest of spaces!

petite nyjer feederOsmall nyjer feeder
For those who enjoy the long lines, traffic and overall chaos of the holiday shopping season… hats off to you!

For those who’d rather shop from the comfort of their sofa in PJ’s… (yes, please) look no further. Find the best birdhouse and bird feeder gifts when you “shop small”.

Boutique shopping rocks as many items are one-of-a-kinds and unique wares. Beyond birding, find cool yard art and unusual accents for home and garden decor with fun metal yard art too. Lots of holiday theme gifts they’ll use for seasons to come!

shop small store

We’re part of Shop Small so Am/Ex customers earn 2x points when shopping with us through Dec. 31st.

Visit the official gift guide, or check out birding resources to see daily suggestions for all 12 days. Find something for all nature buffs on your list today and nab a free nyjer sock to boot!

Use code MC10 while this offer lasts!

Black Friday Offer: Free Thistle Feeder with Every Purchase


November 24, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 11:11 pm

Black is the New Black:
Nab a Free Thistle Sock with Your Order Today!

thistle feeder

Because the American Goldfinch resides across most of the US, these fun little thistle feeders are likely useful in your locale.

Get one FREE with your purchase… and cross off a stocking-stuffer on that list! It’s an excellent way to introduce someone to backyard bird watching without going all-out!

Among some of the sweetest songbirds, goldfinches would rather take flight than vie for a spot at the thistle feeder. With their late breeding season, June through September sees the most activity. After that, a second molt brings new olive drab feathers for winter.

Breeding plumage occurs in late spring when the most vibrant yellow feathers appears. Parents feed thistle almost exclusively to babies so feeders do tend to get crowded.goldfinch birdhouse

They don’t use birdhouses, instead nesting in hedges or trees with nests constructed of woven plant fibers lined with thistle (from the weed) or milkweed down.

fun thistle feeder
Another fun feeder which doesn’t require much space at all and accommodates 18 birds at once is the Rainbow Finch Feeder. Tall and slim, when all perches are occupied it’s quite the captivating site! Any birding enthusiast would be elated with this cool bird feeder. It’s easy to fill and clean and fairly obvious birds love them. Best of all… it’s on sale!

Offering thistle (or nyjer) has many benefits:
• Squirrels usually leave these feeders in peace!
• Thistle won’t germinate causing weeds
• Other birds in the finch family may frequent the feeders such as indigo buntings, red polls, pine siskins and more.

Yes, the sweet canary-like birds even earned the name “Charm” when referring to a large group! Lovely song and non-aggressive… why wouldn’t you entice them to your place?

Offer good through Monday, 11/28/16 and should cover Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, Cyber Monday and any other big shopping days!

Get someone hooked on birds and get your free thistle sock today!

Wishing the happiest of holidays to you and yours!

 

 

Thankful for a Little Rain Please!


November 24, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 3:03 pm

happy thanksgiving

We hope this Thanksgiving holiday finds you content among family and friends! For furry ones on their own and feathered friends- they’d be most thankful for a puddle from which to drink or bathe. In the Southeast it’s been over two months with no rain. Sadly the drought has been brutal with deadly wildfires popping up throughout the region.

A time for reflection (hopefully) it seems the most simple things (like water or good health) are so often taken for granted. There’s not a puddle in sight if you happen to have four legs or wings. California typically sees wildfires… not GA and NC, the environmental landscape is changing and quite scary.

Have a roof over your head and food on the table? How basic, yet so many do not have this luxury. Good health, for the most part anyway? Consider those fighting battles, both physical and mental.

May this holiday, which also marks the start of a crazy/busy shopping season, find you giving Thanks and giving to those less fortunate. Betcha the guy who wants a Jersey Mike’s sub shares with his dog!

Why a Hanging Bird Bath for a Holiday Gift?


November 13, 2016
posted by birdhouse chick @ 6:48 pm

Gift Idea 1-Hanging Bird BathWe’re starting earlier with holiday gift ideas as there’s so many cool bird accessories and so little time. Do stay tuned for some pretty unique non-birder gift ideas too!

Theme: The gift of nature can’t be matched, for it offers an innate connection that’s capable of soothing the soul and clearing the mind. Simply put, watching birds in the yard (or on the patio/balcony) removes life’s chaos! It has the capacity to form a bond between people which may not have previously existed.

So why would a hanging bird bath be a make an awesome gift?copper hanging bird bath
Because they work in the smallest space, because birds adore and use them, because they come in all colors and styles suiting many tastes, including copper, ceramics and glass, but most of all, fresh water attracts more birds than any birdhouse or feeder! Enough reasons? Birds who may not even use feeders will partake in fresh water at a hanging bath.

Lots of options for placement; hang it the from a tree branch, deck bracket, wall hook or garden pole with feeders. Feathered friends will find and frequent it daily. Hanging baths are ideal when their neighbor’s cat(s) is always in the wrong yard too…. grrrr, uggh! Civility is required because they’re a neighbor, but you want to have the birds too, so placing bird baths or feeders up high is always a good idea.

hanging bird bathAlthough birds do tend to bathe more naturally at ground level, a hanging bird bath makes a great gift even for the nature buff with no yard at all!

glass hanging bird bath

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