Like feeding wild birds? Like artwork too? There are some fantastic artists out there crafting wild bird feeders in hand thrown pottery. This type of stoneware is virtually weather-proof, and will never fade or discolor. That’s more than you can say for a lot of the commercial feeders on the market!
The hopper bird feeder above is a large capacity model, holding approximately 5 gallons of birdseed. The seed stays fresher longer as it’s protected from the elements. A generous overhang roof also helps to shelter birds from predators and the elements as well. Two seed ports and a large perching area will accommodate multiple birds at once. This type of bird feeder enhances any environment and creates a wonderful focal point. Wild Birdfeeders also make excellent, and long lasting gifts for any nature lover on your list…a gift to be used again and again, and enjoyed by many!
TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE IN THE FACE.
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, WROTE IN THE SAND,
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE .
THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS, WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH. THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING, BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.
AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE:
“TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE”
THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND ASKED HIM, “AFTER I HURT YOU, YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW, YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?”
THE FRIEND REPLIED
“WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US, WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
THEY SAY IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL PERSON, AN HOUR TO APPRECIATE THEM,
A DAY TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN, AN ENTIRE LIFE TO FORGET THEM.
DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS
YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT VALUE
WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Feeding wild birds offers us simple pleasures of viewing their beauty, antics and hearing their song. One of the main goals in feeding birds is to attract more species to your yard, and be able to identify them. Hopper style feeders tend to hold more seed than tube feeders so you can spend more time viewing and less time filling. Hopper bird feeders that sit on platforms are even better! For a multitude of reasons, it’s really a better choice to invest in one or two quality bird feeders that will attract a greater number of species, and last for many years of use and enjoyment, for you and feathered friends alike!
This platform not only serves as an additional feeder, it works as a seed catcher to prevent ground mess below the feeder. The hopper, or container will keep seed fresher for a longer period, as it’s protected from the elements at all times. The generous feeding area will allow multiple birds and even different species to feed at once. It’s easy to clean, fill and maintain, another important factor when choosing a feeder…Please help feed the birds!
This is the Rainbow Finch Feeder, and when all perches are filled…its’ truly a breathtaking site! The longer tube feeders come with their many advantages, like less filling and excellent views of more birds feeding at once, but they can also tend to clump and clog at the bottom.
When using a tube birdfeeder, sometimes it seems impossible to keep seed fresh and mold-free at the bottom. Birds won’t eat it and it goes to waste-which really stinks if you spend a small fortune on wild bird food!
An interesting article with this brilliant trick showed up in one of the bird forums, and I can’t wait to try it with the next filling. Ready? Here it is: Ping Pong Balls! Yes, the person said they had placed a few in the bottom of their tube bird feeder to help disperse the seed. They also said this ended the problem of seed clumping and clogging at the bottom of the feeder!
Tube feeders are made to hold either sunflower or mixed seeds, thistle or nyjer seed, whole peanuts, or shelled peanuts. Some birds perch and some birds cling, so it depends on who you’re looking to attract.
Clinging birds for example, like Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, and Woodpeckers will frequent tube birdfeeders that offer shelled peanuts. They have strong feet, and are known as “polite” birds, because they tend to take one seed and fly away to eat, or store it. They’re most entertaining to watch with their aerobatic antics. and, as a group, clinging birds are quite desirable to have around your patio, deck, or even window!
Bird Feeders Needn’t be Boring!
What better way to liven up dreary, winter landscapes in your your yard than with vibrant and fun wild bird feeders… you will bring your yard to life by attracting birds.
Backyard birding brings simple joys in actually noticing the nature that surrounds you everyday. In freezing winter months when other food sources are scarce, wild birds will flock to bird feeders in search of nutrition. Their antics and songs bring pleasure to even the most novice birder!
It’s simple to create wildlife-friendly habitat by offering food, water and shelter. With the use of bird feeders, bird houses and bird baths together, you can create a sanctuary and oasis that feathered friends will flock to and hang out!
Wild bird feeders are available in so many fun designs featuring vibrant colors and unique styles. The trick is to find one that is functional, with proper drainage, and easy maintenance. Feeders also make wonderful and long lasting gifts for any nature lover, and for any occasion too!
Please feed the birds!
Wish I’d seen this info a bit earlier….
like before removing the nest from my Bluebird house a few weeks ago! They say it’s called “Spring Cleaning” for a reason, and not wise to clean houses in fall. By leaving nesting materials in a wood birdhouse over cold winter months, it helps to reduce bird parasites by allowing the birds’ own natural defenses against them to develop.
Woodpeckers and others who do not gather their own nesting materials may be enticed to these nesting sites as well. So, next time you’re ready for spring cleaning…wait until spring!
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Message from the Gyre
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.
~cj, October 2009
Believe it or not, this is a real bird house meant for feathered friends! It features a twist off base for yearly clean-out, proper ventilation, and entrance proportioned for wrens, chickadees, and other small songbirds.
What makes this wood good? The Fat Cat and other great wood birdhouses are hand crafted from fast growth, renewable, albesia wood. The paints and finishes used are non-toxic, so they’re good for birds and good for the environment.
Help cavity dwelling birds in your yard to thrive and flourish by providing proper nesting sites…they don’t have to be boring boxes to be effective!