They say March is in like a lion and out like a lamb, and with that means warmer weather for most. Grasses turn green, and trees, shrubs and bulbs start to burst forth pleasing colors, leaving behind the grey winter doldrums!
Color perks up too in the wild birds we see-as the warmer weather brings back many who’ve migrated for winter. Nesting season can be fierce, as competition for suitable nest boxes reaches its peak time. A Wood Birdhouse provides a much needed refuge in your backyard. It doesn’t need to be a plain nest box, as the designs available today are fantastic! As long as the entrances are proportionally correct, and there are clean outs, most wood birdhouses are good to go. The fun designs above are hand carved, and painted with non-toxic paints and finishes, and are crafted from fast growth albesia wood. What a fun way to help birds thrive!
As spring approaches, nesting season begins for many wild birds. The task of finding suitable nest boxes is difficult, as birds far outnumber available birdhouses. Adding attractive, whimsical birdhouses to your yard helps wild birds to thrive in many ways, plus adds life to, and brightens up your environment. Protection from the elements and from predators are two other reasons birds seek bird houses as shelter, they’re not only for nesting purposes.
Today, there are a myriad of fun, and unique birdhouses that will create a touch of whimsy in your yard. Classic architectural styles create a nice statement too. Materials like stained glass and copper, weather proof stoneware, ceramics and wood are available. The choices are endless, with functional art for your yard the birds will truly appreciate. Please help house the birds!
Spring is just around the corner….and it promises that birds who have gone elsewhere for the winter will soon be returning and bringing more color and activity to our backyards. Very soon you can see brilliant Bluebirds, Dazzling acrobatic Hummingbirds, Bright Goldfinches, Orange Orioles, & more in your yard!
Best of all you don’t have to keep just bird feeders full of seed to attract them. Water, nesting material, native plants, fruit, and sugar can be instrumental in attracting these and other colorful spring birds. Don’t forget too, that now is the time to clean out, check, and repair any nest boxes you have.
Here is something pretty amazing! This woman lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. She took the little red dish from the hummingbird feeder, filled it with sugar water and this is the result.
Her name is Abagail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana – she has been studying her hummingbirds daily. One morning she decided to see if her hummers would feed from her hands. She took the cup from the feeder, with water in it, and placed it in her hand. As the hummers had gotten used to her standing by the feeder, they came over to drink from the dish. She says they are as light as a feather. Abagail also said, ‘if she had known her husband was taking pictures she would have put on makeup.’
Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Alfano for the wonderful photos!
It’s almost that time of year when the Ruby-Throat Hummingbirds are bound for that perilous journey from their winter grounds in Central America. Flying thousands of miles across the Gulf of Mexico, they will flood the eastern parts of the U.S. to the delight of many backyard birders. At the same time, the Black-chinned Hummingbirds and others will migrate out of Mexico and settle in the central and western U.S.
Hummingbird feeders are not the only thing to attract the tiny jewels to your yard. New birding accessories like the leaf mister are absolute hummingbird magnets–they will flit, fly and dance through the gentle spray! The newest hummingbird accessory is the Hummer Helper. This is a flat wire basket filled with a special nesting material proven to be used by hummingbirds. The Hummingbird Society even endorsed this product, and will feature it in their upcoming newsletter! Separate refills are available too.