A versatile little wild bird accessory, the seed tray is usually overlooked and under estimated!
If you’re tired of the mess below bird feeders, including sprouting weeds, take a closer look at this. A seed tray that is adjustable to any hanging bird feeder. Available in two sizes: a 16-inch diameter for globe shape or tube feeders hung from poles or shepherds hooks, and a 30-inch diameter for larger hanging feeders. They’re called SeedHoops, and are made from durable PVC mesh and nylon.
The great thing about this type of seed tray is that it actually “adds an extra feeder” by creating a platform where spilled seed accumulates. Additional birds who may not eat from the feeder itself will venture onto this generous feeding area to feast on spilled birdseed. By saving seed, you save money too!
A great little video on some wild birds who don’t use wild bird feeders!
Come swim with Penguins!
Today after spotting a breath-taking, vibrant little blue bird in the yard, I thought: “cool, that’s an Indigo Bunting”. Then the second-guessing started, as this little bird did not have black wings. What was it? To answer my question, I fished out an old field guide that had been given to me as a gift many years ago. There was my answer…a Blue Grosbeak juvenile! I don’t think I’d ever seen one before in the yard.
Even for avid birders, bird books always come in handy. They’re an excellent reference when trying to identify unusual species that may visit bird feeders. They make excellent and lasting gifts that will be used over the years. Stokes and Petersons are just two of the better known authors of bird books. Filled with terrific photos, and useful information, you’re bound to find your questions answered here!
Whether you’re new to backyard birding, or an accomplished veteran, bird field guides always come in handy. Stokes is just one of the well known authors for these birding books, giving amazing photos, information and insights. There are a myriad of field guides available, one to meet every possible birding interest.
Not limited to individual species, like hummingbirds, warblers, bluebirds and purple martins, there are guides on bats, butterflies, dragonflies, and even bird gardening. Field guides are baically separated into geographic regions, making the information more pertinent to you. They are also available on audio cassettes and DVD’s. These guides make great gifts for any birding enthusisast too, novice to advanced!
Although I’ve been doing my backyard birding for some 20+ years, I never really looked into purchasing a bird book. Trial and error has basically taught me what works and what doesn’t, and through the years you can pretty much identify who comes around.
The 500-page Stokes Field Guide to Birds does however sit on the breakfast room table with a small pair of binoculars. Catching a glimpse of the rare visitors is fun, but being able to identify them is better! More time to utilize these would sure be nice, as my bird food expenditures are ridiculous….they eat better than me – everyday! The yard is like a bird restaurant—buffet style. Suet, peanuts, sunflower hearts, no-waste seed mix, meal worms, thistle seed, finch mix, bark butter, Bluebird Delight and peanut nuggets…have I forgotten anything? Oh yes, 8 bird baths, 2 misters, 2 water wigglers, and 2 drippers. Wait, 3 hummingbird feeders, and the squirrel bungee for corn. This is why I am perpetually late…refills every morning!
Lately, while browsing many categories of bird books, I found myself wanting lots of them! Bird Food Recipes caught my eye, as did Stokes Guide to Bluebirds, because there is finally a brood of nestlings in my bluebird box. Now I want to learn all things Bluebirds! A bird book makes an excellent and lasting gift for any nature enthusiast, age 4 to 104…so when you’re stumped for a good gift, think bird book!
Looking to baffle squirrels at your bird feeders, but with something that might have aesthetic value as well? Some new decorative squirrel baffles fit the bill.
Highly effective at deterring squirrels, they now have pretty edging with intricate scroll work or relief designs. In powder-coat metal or brushed copper, these pretty squirrel baffles and weather guards will add beauty to your yard while protecting birdfeeders from rain, snow, direct sun, and squirrels too. They’ll save birdseed and money while looking good too!
If you’re tired of pesky squirrels raiding bird feeders, stealing seed, and making messes, it might be a good time to invest a few bucks in a squirrel baffle.
When used properly, baffles really work in deterring squirrels and keeping them out of feeders. They’re available in hanging styles, pole-mount, or even post-mounted styles too. So, no matter what type of feeder you may be using, there is a baffle to accommodate it.
The one thing to remember is feeder placement, as squirrels can jump like crazy! If your feeder is pole, or post mounted, the bottom of the baffle should be at least 4 feet from the ground. If you have a hanging bird feeder, squirrel’s horizontal jumping can thwart your efforts if the feeder is not placed at least 8 feet away from any possible “launch spot”.
This goes for pole mounted feeders too. Remember, squirrels can jump high and sideways! Place all feeders with baffles far enough away from any possible “launch site” and you’ll achieve success at deterring squirrels from feeders.
If you enjoy feeding, and watching the antics of hummingbirds, there’s another way to attract even more of them. Hanging nesting material designed specifically for the tiny jewels will encourage them to nest in your yard, allowing you more opportunities to view hummers and fledgelings too. Since hummingbirds practice site fidelity, they’ll likely return year after year to the same spot to breed and rear the babies.
Hummer Helper Nest Kits are nesting material kits that have even been endorsed by The Hummingbird Society. It’s an attractive red basket with hanging chain that has refills available. Other birds like Goldfinches and Titmice will use the nest matierial to build their nests as well. Encourage hummingbirds and others to nest nearby by offering this great little package to fether their nest!
You can attract more wild birds by adding nesting materials in your yard – of course birds will need a proper place to build their nest too, such as trees, brush or thicket. In fact, there’s a better chance of attracting a greater variety of species, as many birds do not frequent bird feeders, or use birdhouses.
Commercial bird nesting materials are available in many different packages, like balls, wreaths, and baskets. You can make your own nest ball for next to nothing, by using items found around the house. Dryer lint works well, combined with yarn strings, and even pet hair. Mosses used for container decor are a favorite as well. Simply gather materials and place in a mesh bag, like the kind found in the produce department at the grocery store. Hang from a tree limb or somewhere where birds can see it easily.
This nest ball was a huge hit with our birds. The hair is from my horse’s tail, and the birds went to town with it! After 2 days, we could see where the hair had been pulled through the bag. Unfortunately, we can’t find the nests because we have so many trees!
A room with a view!
Some birdhouses now come equipped with their own cameras installed…a wonderful way to view the secret lives of cavity dwelling birds. This recycled bluebird house is an example of a deluxe nesting box…the Ritz Carlton for Bluebirds! Durable, recycled materials are guaranteed to never rot, split, crack, or fade. The bottom has a raised screen to prevent blowfly infestation, and there is a vertical screen to help chicks climb out and fledge!
The birdhouse camera allows you to witness the complete nesting cycle, from building the nest, laying the eggs, hatching, rearing and fledging. They make great educational tools as well as entertainment. View all this in the comfort of your home. You can help wild birds to thrive and flourish by adding nest boxes, adding the cameras are just a great perk for us too!