Attract many kinds of birds… and squirrels too if you don’t add a baffle to peanut bird feeders! Wood Peckers, Nuthatches and Blue Jays especially love whole peanuts in the shell, and there are so many cool ways to offer up this wild bird delicacy. There are lots of peanut bird feeders available for shelled peanuts too if you’d rather not contend with the ground waste, and birds like them equally as well. The wreath feeder shown here makes a fun peanut feeder, fruit feeder, or even a nesting material container in spring.
A plain old suet cage or basket is a great way to offer peanuts. These cages, whether double, single, inexpensive, or quality recycled plastic make perfect peanut bird feeders. They’re terrific for offering nesting materials in spring, and work wonderfully for serving fruit in summer to attract migratory birds. Now that’s versatility! Even if you don’t feed suet to your birds, the cage-like design makes them perfect for year round use. In fact, this recycled plastic double suet feeder is actually deemed a three-in-one feeder-for suet, peanuts, or fruit.
This suet feeder has Orioles chowing down on oranges in summer, but you can attract a wide variety of feathered friends year round with suet feeders used for peanuts, nesting material, and oh yeah… suet too!
An elementary school in New york City has a great idea that’s going into action! Eighty school children at Village Community School will each assemble their own bird house kit, decorate, paint it and help install all 80 bird house kits in a nearby park.
When administration first contacted us, we were more thrilled with the idea itself, than the net profit from a sale. So much so, a deep discount was offered on the bird house kits, and they received a plethora of extras to further entice birds, and to get the kids more involved while making their project a huge success.
Chickadee, Wren and Eastern Bluebird wooden birdhouse kits were ordered, but 16 packages of assorted nesting materials were graciously added. In addition, there was a wonderful Stokes Bluebird Book, and 24 “Pop-Outz” recycled plastic suet feeders, (which are perfect for offering nesting materials) along with a pamphlet on “attracting nesting birds” for each child to take home.
Although bird feeder kits and bird food were thought not to be a smart idea for the area, we also sent along a few suet cakes and explained there would be no ground waste with which to contend. Now I can’t wait to see pictures of the project in progress or the finished product. Park services will be taking care of the water aspect as far as birdbaths or small ponds, making sure there are ample fresh water sources to help birds thrive. The birds in this area of NYC are getting a great make-over!
By the way… the tooled leather birdhouse kit shown here is actually recycled plastic-and super fun to assemble. It provides a real nest site for feathered friends and lasts for years to host many successful broods!
Although birds tend to bathe naturally at ground level, they usually flock to other fresh water sources too. A hanging bird bath is the perfect choice for smaller spaces, or yards where ground predators (cats) tend to lurk.
Fresh water in a bird bath is hands down, one of the best ways to entice more species to your place. If that fresh water happens to be moving… well, it’s like a visual magnet for wild birds! Accessories like water wigglers, leaf misters, and bird bath fountains will absolutely increase the activity around any bath. Hummingbirds for example, are extremely fond of bird bath fountains and bubblers. They can be seen playing and bathing in them on a daily basis if they’re already feeding in your yard.
Leaf misters are adored by butterflies and many songbirds too, including bluebirds. The misters are versatile, and may be attached to a plant stake, or a branch, or even a deck or porch with an over-hanging bracket. This hanging bird bath features a solar power mister that’s built right in. The valve is adjustable, so that on windier days a stronger flow or fountain may be used, as opposed to the gentle mist.
Moving water really does attract more birds! This season consider adding some type of water feature to your yard, then sit back and see the difference while helping wild birds thrive.
p.s. use code BB10 at checkout for 10% off any bird bath or bath accessories
good through April 30th 2011.