Lots of bluebirds have passed through this mealworm feeder in our back yard. Last season we had three successful broods of Eastern Bluebirds, in part, thanks to a welcoming habitat. Even the Chickadees, Carolina Wrens and Titmice have learned to use this fly-in mealworm feeder with ease… which I’m not sure is such a good thing? Worms are really reserved for our bluebirds only! This traditional type bluebird feeder is made from recycled plastic, and although it’s about five years old now, it still looks and acts the same way as when it was first installed. With so much junk out there, who doesn’t like quality stuff!
What I am sure of that’s not a good thing are the yellow jackets who continue to torture the live worms inside the feeder! When, for heaven’s sake is it time for them to die off? Every morning when I go to add worms for the patiently waiting, eager bluebirds… the yellow jackets are in there munching on worm remains.
Last night it was in the 20’s here in North Georgia, and finally this morning none of the nasty jax were seen! The weather here is crazy though, hot, cold, warm cold, even some bulbs started forcing their way through the ground with the last dip in temperatures.
I can only hope with this last frost, that all yellow jackets are gone for the season! I think the birds will be happy too 🙂
The Thanksgiving Holiday marks a time that many of us will be getting together to celebrate family, friends, and all the good things in our lives we are thankful for. Personally… I’ll be feeding horses this holiday 🙂
Not only the “big” things, but it’s the everyday, small stuff that’s important too, and so often we tend to overlook it. If you catch a beautiful songbird at your birdbath, you might think “what a magnificent creature” or maybe even ponder the fact that you have two eyes to see it? These are the simple blessings that we take for granted.
Anyway… just a thought for the day, wishing you & yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!
Some laws of nature always hold true…cattle dogs and the like are meant to herd, cats are a very curious kind, and well, squirrels are just meant to chew! They’ll try and chew anything where food may be involved, and are especially successful when it comes to wooden bird, or even squirrel feeders.
Now the classic Table & Chair Feeder, where the squirrel sits on the chair and eats from the table, has been around for years. But recently it’s been re-invented from sturdy recycled plastics. This material possesses more than good looks, it’s guaranteed never to warp, split, crack, or fade… ever! That guarantee comes from most manufacturers who use the recycled plastics.
Aside from the durability, the squirrel feeders, and other products made from it, really do help keep plastics out of landfills. One manufacturer does a traditional bluebird feeder, their recycled products come with a sticker telling you how many plastic milk jugs were used to create the product. That bluebird feeder is made of 33 plastic milk jugs! And part of the beauty is that it still looks new three or four years later. We know because one of those feeders has been in use in our yard for at least four years.
A few tips for better squirrel feeding: First and foremost, baffle you bird feeders and deny access by squirrels-it makes life much easier for you and your birds. Corn cobs are used in many of the staked-type squirrel feeders, and although they’re relatively inexpensive (if purchased in bulk), Squirrel Logs will last much longer. These are compressed corn, and each one is equal to about 12 ears of the regular stuff. But be sure they are securely attached as our crafty critters have managed to steal them once in a while!
Peanut Butter: is a wonderful treat for squirrels during really cold weather. The high fat and protein content provide the extra calories for energy needed to stay warm. We smear peanut butter right on corn cobs, and on the squirrel logs too. You can even make any old tree in your yard a super-feeder by spreading peanut butter right on the bark. Nuthatches, Chickadees and Jays love it too!
So if you happen to like feeding the squirrels, as many folks do, try some of long lasting Squirrel Logs, buy your corn cobs in bulk from feed & stores, and definitely add some peanut butter for a special treat this winter.
… and thanks for feeding the squirrels!
A fun project for kids and adults, the Box for the Birds requires no tools or glue. Sturdy wooden birdhouse kits are an excellent medium for creative, and purposeful activity! With a critical shortage in nest sites, (due to increased competition from non-native birds and the decrease in natural habitat) birdhouse kits provide real nesting and roosting spots for feathered friends.
This birdhouse kit is called the Right (as in Frank Lloyd Wright) because it’s modeled after the famous FallingWater House in Mill Run, PA. Pretty cool, huh? You can stain, paint, and decorate as desired… the birds will love it, as it’s sure to host many successful broods over the years!
Check out the video below of the story behind Box for the Birds.
An innovative design keeps seed dry- no matter what! Rain, snow and sleet can not penetrate this durable feeder because unlike a typical tube bird feeder, the seed ports are totally protected from the elements, even from driving, blowing rain.
Birds perch on a generous seed tray, and eat seed from above. The design consists of a built in weather guard, that overhangs and protects seed ports (and birds too). The All-Weather Feeder is available in a four or 6-quart capacity, and may be pole mounted or hung. There’s also an optional squirrel guard, or cage that fits around the open feeding area to keep pesky squirrels out! Stainless steel construction along with sturdy polycarbonate casing means this feeder won’t yellow with age either.
The optimal seed for this cool feeder is black oil sunflower, or a mix of safflower and black oil. Striped sunflower is actually too large for the seed ports. If you’re looking for a truly weather-proof bird feeder, this is it! By the way… it ships for free too 🙂
When all other solutions against pesky squirrels raiding your feeders fail, then it’s time for some squirrel proof bird feeders that really work! The line of Sky Cafe feeders is innovative, attractive and durable, they even guarantee against squirrel shenanigans. When these feeders are hanging, squirrels can not get past the large, wide baffle, and the cool design even helps protect seed ports from weather.
A large capacity, non-cage style squirrel proof feeder, dining birds are easily viewed from all angles with no obstructions. You’ll spend less time filling and more time watching beaked buddies in your yard. Several styles and colors are available, this one even has seed dividers for an “Al a Carte” menu!
Want to pole mount a bird feeder and still thwart squirrels? No problem with the Sky Cafe Pole Mount Baffle. Sky Cafe products are deemed the “Fort Knox of Bird Feeders” and with good reason… because they work great! Turn your existing pole-mounted feeders into squirrel proof bird feeders in a snap – and for good. Save seed, save money, and save your sanity with quality squirrel proof bird feeders that really work! Check out the video below for a few laughs, and oh yeah, no squirrels were harmed in the filming of this video 🙂
Nonprofit’s social media campaign ends Nov. 7,
but there’s still plenty of time win.
NEW YORK (November 2, 2011) – More than 10,000 people are looking for birds all over the internet, but perhaps nobody’s more passionate than two recently adopted sisters from Louisiana’s bayou country. The Hall sisters — Siarah, 11, and Savannah, 12 — are Birding the Net as part of Audubon’s innovative social media campaign — and they’re taking their new-found love of birds outdoors as well. Their favorite bird is the Brown Pelican, which swoops across websites just as it glides over coastal waters near their home.
Audubon learned of the two girls when Siarah sent an email that read, in part: “I have now found twenty-two birds on Birding The Net and can’t wait to go in real life.”
But the Hall sisters aren’t the only ones discovering birds through this exciting new project. Audubon is hearing it from many others. Not only are people having fun, but the campaign is delivering on its goal of connecting people to the natural world around them and making them more aware of birdlife in their everyday lives.
Following are some quotes posted on Twitter and Facebook by real people:
- I’m enjoying the opportunity to meet new like-minded folks and being exposed to new birding Web sites.
- #birdingthenet has convinced me that I need to get out west for really awesome birds. & found some great enviro websites
- #birdingthenet has my 3 sons excited about birds. They watch the videos and read their profiles while collecting bird cards.
- The intro to the amazing variety of birding info on the net has been wonderful.
- Just stepped outside for a break. Red-bellied woodpecker on tree. Mouse finger twitched. #birdingthenet
- I’ve kicked myself many, many times for not birding when I lived in Florida! #birdingthenet
- I love the bird game! I bird all the time for work and play and think it really captures the searching aspect of the activity #birdingthenet
- Grew up in an #Audubon family, and this is just cool! http://t.co/7VrnNvFz #BirdingTheNet
- #birdingthenet Triangle region of North Carolina. Looking at all the birds coming to our feeder at work right now
- The #birdingthenet Whooping Crane inspired me to see the real thing at the @NationalZoo. A spectacular animal…amazing to see one so close.
- Birding the Net has taught me about other web sites where I can view birds, and share my love for them.
- Birding the net has introduced me to other web sites that have a lot of information and perspectives on birds and wildlife. I think I have most enjoyed connecting and helping other birders from all over the country. Certainly there have been some frustrations, but I’ve found others to help me and I, in turn, have helped other people.
- It’s fun and I don’t have to win to enjoy it. I’ve learned some too, and I am never inclined to complain about something done as a service that costs nothing.
“When people encounter these remarkable birds online, they learn something new and view birds differently the next time they go outside,” said AudubonPresident David Yarnold. “In this subtle way, we’re introducing people to an amazing world.”
The game brings to the Internet the thrill of the chase found in real-world birding, challenging players to spot dozens of species through November 7. Web surfers observe virtual birds doing the same things that birds do outdoors – animations of birds will fly across homepages, perch on mastheads, and flock to birdhouses that anyone can install on personal websites and blogs. Along the way, players will learn more about some of North America’s most engaging bird species, and hopefully acquire a better appreciation for birds in the wild.
Clicking on the animated birds on the many participating websites takes players to the Audubon Facebook page to collect and trade “bird cards,” which feature recordings of birdsongs, bird facts, and video. The first players to collect all the birds will win prizes, including a voyage to the Galapagos.
All that is required to play is to visit Audubon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalAudubonSociety. Trading bird cards with friends helps a player’s chances of winning; the more Facebook friends that compete in Birding the Net, the more opportunities for trading birds. And for exclusive hints on where to find birds on the Internet, Audubon followers on Twitter (@AudubonSociety) can interact and follow campaign “spokesbirds” @FloridaScrubJay and @RufHummingbird.
In addition to the grand prize voyage for two to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions, prizes include Canon cameras, Nikon binoculars, gift cards to Woolrich and downloads of the Audubon Birds – A Field Guide to North American Birds mobile app from Green Mountain Digital. All 200 winners also receive one-year membership to Audubon.
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at www.audubon.org.
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