On the last day of 2013 it was nice to receive this note via snail mail. It was a thank you which stemmed from a resident’s simple request for a birdbath to attract some birds at the nursing home. We sent along one of the hanging bird baths, a couple of suet cakes with cages, and some easy suet recipes in hopes the kitchen staff might humor the residents – and help feed the birds on a tiny budget!
A post was published hoping some other birding businesses might catch wind of the simple request. A couple of benches would’ve been really nice for the folks to sit outside and enjoy the birds, but that was beyond our realm. It was just good to give, expecting nothing in return, and we managed a good bit of that for 2013, and will continue to do so in the new year!
Yes, 2013 had its ups and downs, from Fiscal Cliffs and natural disasters, to super storms, a never-ending winter, and government shut-downs. The Monarch migration was a bust, and bats and bees continue to perish at alarming rates. That last part may not sound very important… but just ask a farmer who grows crops. Without these pollinators the future could be grim.
So, Welcome 2014!
May winter be swift, for early nest starts and spring bulbs forcing through, for a safe and timely return of hummingbirds and all migratory birds, for a new awareness and stewardship of the nature around us, and for many happy & healthy fledges for all our feathered friends!
Extremely bird-friendly, and fun, puzzle-like birdhouse kits to assemble, several went out the door as holiday gifts this month. One in particular had a pretty cool story behind it, and the card was signed “Frank Lloyd Wren”. The sender thought it fun to keep the recipient guessing!
So when we received a letter with Frank Lloyd Wren in the subject line, it rang a bell, and raised an eyebrow. Read on if you have any doubt in small world syndrome:
Turns out that a friend halfway across the country happens to be a mutual friend of one of those recipients. While visiting over the holidays and celebrating good cheer, the topic of birdhouses came up. When my friend mentioned our business, the recipient exclaimed “that’s where the birdhouse kit was from!”
Turns out our friend is a good friend of the recipient of Frank Lloyd Wren! So, to John and Deb: May your new birdhouses host many successful broods over the years! And to the sender, Deb’s sister in TX… great choice! By the way, the Cedar Side Entry Bird House should also entice a nuthatch or two to your place in spring!
On the eve of Christmas, we thought revealing the code for the popular song was appropriate… especially since we never knew the true meaning!
Maybe it’s common knowledge for most? But for those who don’t celebrate, you may be surprised at finding reference to the Old Testament and Torah in the popular song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
History has it that from around 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. The famous carol was written as catechism for young Catholics during the holiday season. There are basically two levels of meaning: the surface, plus a hidden meaning that was known only to members of the church. Each element is code for a religious reality which children could easily remember.
Partridge in a Pear Tree is Jesus Christ.
Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testament.
Three French Hens stood for faith, hope and love.
Four Calling Birds were the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
Five Golden Rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
Six Geese A-Laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven Swans A-Swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
Eight Maids A-Milking were the Eight Beatitudes.
Nine Ladies Dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
Ten Lords A-Leaping were the Ten Commandments.
Eleven Pipers Piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve Drummers Drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostels’ Creed.
We wish for you the merriest of holidays,
filled with light, love, laughter and family!
The Birdhouse Chick
If you’ve waited a little too long to decide on a way nice, impressive gift for that special someone… don’t fret. Sometimes good things really do come to those who wait, because instead of settling, you just know when you’ve found the right thing.
In stock and ready to ship Monday, you’ll find a stunning copper bird feeder or two… or three! So what’s the big deal about them? Well, anyone who feeds birds would admire them for their durability, their handsome architectural form, and most of all for their functionality. Sure all feeders are basically functional… but to varying degrees – believe us on this one! Backyard birding fanatics for 25 years, we’ve seen all sorts of feeders come and go. We’ve tossed a few in the garbage, and have our favorite going on 18 years of use. For a classic look in a traditional gazebo style feeder, you won’t find a nicer model on the market (shown at right).
Should the mod flavor be more your style, then don’t miss the Spiral Copper Bird Feeder. In small or large, it’s sculptural art for the garden.
Also handcrafted in the USA, this flowing design has no start or end. The larger top portion serves as a weather guard to protect food and birds from the elements. An open dish design is most versatile,allowing for a bevvy of offerings like seed mixes, suet chunks & nuggets, peanuts, even fruit in summer for migratory friends.
And yet one more fitting the bill by the same master metal smith, it’s basically for shelled peanuts. This architectural copper feeder has clean lines and a perforated screen with a solid roof to protect its cache for clingers and others to enjoy. Equally versatile for fruit and suet, home-made nesting materials work beautifully for early spring. These will entice feathered friends to take up residence at your place. Decorative mosses, pet hair, and feathers are a few favorites!
Now if you want it badly enough by Christmas-and are willing to pay the gazillion dollars for overnight shipping… we’ll get it to FedEx in time! But think of how much premium seed that same money could buy for your new feeder?
Here’s the plan: print out the picture, find the biggest box possible with the nicest bow, wrap up the picture and set it under the tree for Christmas morning. With full confidence we’ll guarantee some oohs and aahs with ear to ear smiles!
Merry Christmas to you and yours and happy & healthy 2014!
and thanks for feeding the birds 🙂