How awesome to still see the sun out at 6:00 p.m. The days are getting longer and spring is officially 50 days away. It’s leaves, buds, rebirth and nesting… sweet new happenings for gardens and wildlife!
Though cold temperatures and snow may persist, once birds are ready to claim territories and find mates… the weather is inconsequential. Such rough starts aren’t always successful, but alas Mother Nature is resilient.
Good food helps, so filling wild bird feeders could mean the difference between life or death in some locales. Folks who monitor bluebird trails have reported starvation (in late winter-early spring) as cause of death many times, because natural food sources are unavailable. Simply put, food helps keep birds warm in frigid weather.
These deluxe fruit & nut wreaths offer a power-packed snack for many friendly fliers. Premium ingredients means no waste and there’s even more than meets the eye.
The straw packing is awesome nesting material, cut the raffia bow and remove gold ribbon and there’s more nest material. Cut these strips short (for nestling’s safety) and use the black net that’s enclosed to offer materials. Simply hang from a branch where birds will see it.
Got a cat or dog? Save the hair from their brush! Add these to your home-made nest bag to delight chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and others. Decorative mosses and feathers are a few more favorites, but natural is always best. Even birds who don’t use houses (cardinals, jays, finches) will likely grab a bit for their nests too!
Steer clear of dyed or preserved material, and if Fido or Fluffy is being treated with flea/tick medications… nix the pet hair. If you reside anywhere near a farm or stables, ask if you can have some horse, goat or alpaca hair. They may look at you like you’re crazy- but hey, it’s all for the birds 🙂
So there you have it, a killer wild bird feeder for now- containg some very bird-friendly packaging for spring… and they’re even on sale!
It takes all kinds… all kind of feeders that is. For suet, peanuts, mealworms, nectar, fruit, jelly, nyjer, where does one start? Let’ go with basic seed in a not so basic feeder! Headed to a house-warming or birthday party? Something like this wild bird feeder is perfect when you’d like to bring a little more than a bottle of vino. Long after consumption, this gift keeps on giving! Even if the recipient isn’t into the birding scene… it’s a fantastic way to to introduce them to one of the fastest growing and most enjoyable hobbies around!
Handcrafted in GA, the bottle feeder quickly mounts just about anywhere, and birds flock to it immediately! The stash stays dry and protected from elements, while drainage in the tray keeps things from getting messy. Black oil sunflower or mixed seed works best, we prefer sunflower hearts or a no-waste mix as it leaves little ground mess. Many feathered species prefer sunflower hearts too; chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, bluebirds will eat this seed in winter, finches and woodpeckers… to name just a few of the usual suspects!
For a limited time, the bottle feeder is back because the artist says they just take too long to make! Wildly popular on Pinterest a few years ago, the bird feeder looks like something you could easily make yourself, maybe so if you’re the handy type? The one thing we do know is birds love this feeder and it’s perfect for year-round use.
If considering a gift of nature for someone special this year, consider one that might be customized to suit the recipient’s favorite colors, or even their favorite team.
These unique bird feeders offer a variety of stained glass hues, you can even choose two colors for a heartfelt, hand picked gift. Requested one year was a red and green option for Christmas. It sounded a tad garish for such a stunning art piece, but it actually came out beautifully…
and the recipient was thrilled!
Some other post-mounted bird feeders offer custom team colors too. Also made in the USA, durable PVC will never crack, mildew, peel or rot. See? That’s part of the beauty of these unique feeders! The quality and materials will last for years of enjoyment- by birds and their hosts alike.
Shown with standard roof choice, all styles of feeders and houses are available in 12 team choices! Check out these cool combinations for the sports-birding enthusiast on your list!
Seeing more traffic at your feeders lately? The recent cold snap and first freeze of the season has finches flocking to feeders. The frost will damage some plants with fruit or berries, and likely zap most flying insects. As the cold wears on, these natural food sources disappear so wild bird feeders start seeing increased activity.
Aside from the usual suspects like cardinals, chickadees titmice and wrens, goldfinches are still around from summer- but with their new winter feathers they’re looking a bit drab as seen on this snowman feeder. House Finches, who tend to travel in large flocks are crowding feeders now too, and they appear at new feeding areas in large groups. These birds are prone to a respiratory infection (see Cornell Lab for the history) that may infect other birds through bird feeders. The disease is actually conjunctivitis, though it’s not transferred to humans.
Affecting their eyes, the bacteria itself is not fatal, but infected birds usually end up blind and die from starvation or predation. You’ll see them with swollen, half-closed, or crusty eyes, and sometimes completely swollen shut. They go where it’s easy to feed, on the ground scavenging below feeders or staying in a nearby tree. It’s really a sad sight, but knowing that other birds may become infected through your feeders is worse.
This is why maintaining clean feeders is important. Non-porous surfaces like glass, copper, recycled plastic or vinyl are much easier to clean than wood. These wild bird feeders promote a healthier environment because bacteria can’t settle into cracks and crevices. There are a few easy steps to help prevent the spread of conjunctivitis and what to do should you see an infected bird in your yard.
- Space feeders as widely as possible to divert large crowds from gathering at one spot.
- Clean feeders with a 10% bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) with extra attention to feeder ports. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.
- Rake fallen seed and bird droppings beneath feeders, keeping this area clean.
- Take feeders down if you see one or two birds with infected eyes, and clean as suggested above.
- Some folks even wait to hang feeders again, encouraging the flock to move on.
It may be officially summer, but the tail end of spring nesting season is still going strong. Goldfinches are just starting to nest now, which means you’ll be seeing a whole lot of yellow at thistle feeders in the next 2-3 months.
If you’re not offering thistle yet, you may be missing out! The American Goldfinch is a favored backyard songbird as their summer plumage, friendly disposition and sweet song are simply a pleasure to have around the garden. And unlike other birdseed, thistle seed won’t germinate… which is also a pleasure in the garden 🙂
Goldfinches don’t use birdhouses, so there’s no luring them in with that. They’ll raise their broods in mature hedges or trees, constructing nests of woven plant fibers and down. You can encourage them with some nesting materials placed in the vicinity of thistle feeders. They’re partial to Hummer Helper, the hummingbird nesting material, feathers and other fibrous nest offerings.
Unlike some more aggressive birds, goldfinches are quite demure, they’d rather fly off than fight for a spot at the feeder. This where lots of perches, or an all-over feeding space to accommodate them are ideal. Thistle socks are another great choice for goldfinches’ busy time of year. You can easily offer several different feeding spots, without spending a whole lot! Parents will feed babies thistle seed almost exclusively at first, sometimes mixed with finely chopped sunflower bits, you’ll see finches consuming this seed mix too.
As always, fresh water is critical to any bird’s environment. Keeping your bird bath clean is important stuff, for them and for your yard – especially in warm summer weather. Keep water shallow (no more than two inches) and keep it fresh… and they will come!
Oh wait, once goldfinches molt again in September they’ll turn an olive-drab color… but don’t quit feeding them. If you offer thistle year-round, their electric yellow plumage will grace your yard every summer!
For Earth Day, we chose to feature new and green together. Not quite green in color, the vibrant primary hues make them that much more fun. So what’s so great about our new window bird feeders that’s worth mentioning?
They help keep plastics out of landfills. Back in the day, when our very first poly-lumber (an industry term for recycled plastic) feeders arrived, they had stickers on the roof saying 33 milk jugs were used to make that item. I think the sticker’s still on one of the walls somewhere? Although one feeder may not have much of an impact, when thousands are purchased by consumers… it most certainly makes a difference.
You can attract wild birds in the smallest of spaces with window feeders. The huge yard and landscaping isn’t required. On the balcony or deck, birds will visit your feeders. A shallow pan of fresh water is a good idea, and only helps further entice them.
Recycled plastic (glass and ceramic too) are actually healthier for birds! The non-porous surface thwarts bacteria and mold from settling into crevices. Don’t get us wrong… wood is good, but the slick, smooth surface is much easier to clean and maintain as it resists bacteria that’s harmful to birds.
Poly-lumber items are guaranteed by most manufacturers. Color won’t fade as it’s solid all the way through, no top-coatings to chip away over time. The material is so durable, products are guaranteed to never peel, warp, fade, rot, split or crack – pretty impressive really!
Offer birds a variety of treats throughout the year and see who visits? The open dish design of these feeders will not limit you to offering birdseed. Suet and crumbles, shelled peanuts, fruit, jelly placed in a small cup (for orioles, cat birds and woodpeckers), and even mealworms will entice a wide variety of visitors. Offer specialty items in summer for migratory birds, and your basic seed and suet in winter for resident friends.
With spring in the air, we spotted a pair of Indigo Buntings yesterday, and Mr. & Mrs. Red-Breasted Grosbeak today!
So there’s a few good reasons why we think these window feeders are fab, plus they’re bird-tested and bird-approved. To welcome spring and help out Mother Earth, consider a new birdhouse or feeder for your feathered friends… the rewards are well worth the endless hours of entertainment they’ll provide.
Happy Earth Day and thanks for feeding the birds!
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 🙂
Decorated with detailed whimsy and premium seed, it’s almost too tough to put this one outside!
Wild birds will flip for the Bed & Breakfast Chalet… twice over. Once the seed’s gone, the slightly larger entrance offers a great nesting site for most small to medium size backyard birds… even bluebirds. It also provides a cozy shelter or roost during the off-season, when nesting isn’t happening.
But you want it to last as a feeder? Most importantly, keep away from squirrels, they’ll have a field day with any birdseed ornament or edible birdhouse that’s not protected. And rain – that’s a bummer too and will take it’s toll on ruining seed prematurely. Placing the bird feeder/birdhouse in a sheltered area, or using a weather guard or squirrel baffle is highly recommended for use as a feeder. Seed will last much longer to feed more birds.
When you’re ready for the housing, simply hang the chalet from a branch or pole in a semi-quiet part of the yard. A shady area is best suited as direct sunlight is not good for nestlings. The house may be stained, painted or left natural to weather over time. This adds yet another dimension to your gift-allowing for some creativity. The recipient may paint it any way that tickles their fancy… birds won’t even mind a bit should the colors or pattern turn out hideous 🙂
Does it really look that? Absolutely, and with every detail. Festive seed treats and edible birdhouses are spectacular gifts for any gardening buff, nature enthusiast, or birding fanatic-like us. Any holiday leftovers already have a chosen spot in our yard… guaranteed!
Definitely not the ordinary angel statue, these wild bird feeders are downright fun. Angel Cats are pin or staked feeders for offering fruit, suet or seed balls. There’s even an orange tabby who’s equally adorable.
Rustic wings are adjustable, with three perches on both front and back for bird’s dining comfort, complete with metal loop for easy hanging. It’s perfect for any feline lover and is sure to bring some big smiles… we know the birds will love this one too!
A totally different style for offering birdseed, the other one’s actually dubbed “Garden Angel Bird Feeder”.
It’s a great design because unlike tray feeders, the top helps protect seed (and birds) from the elements. Accommodating most seed mixes, you can always opt for peanuts, suet chunks, even fruit in summer for more variety. In an antique bronze finish, this whimsical angel will surely delight anyone who feeds birds!
The gift of birding is one that gives back, there’s just something about bird watching in your own backyard that takes away the daily chaos of life. It becomes addictive entertainment that’s good for the soul… and good for birds too!
Cruising along through one of social media’s popular sites, we saw this cool image which immediately sparked the idea for a short article on window bird feeders. Along with a recent email from a friend who had just started feeding hummingbirds in her Golden, Co town (and she lives on the 4th floor) – we knew that yes, there are birds who visit balconies to find food or shelter.
Now maybe these are just some city-dwelling pigeons shown here, but the bird homes sure are neat looking. The trick might be to first offer something substantial that birds will see. Maybe something hanging near the ledge, like a birdbath with fresh water, or a suet feeder… something that won’t leave any mess below for neighbors 🙂 They’ll appreciate that too! Keeping a simple saucer of fresh water available at all times may even lure birds to your balcony.
Once birds are familiar with an offering, place a feeder on the window, or glass sliding door. Obviously, it would do best on the stationary door that doesn’t open. Like that famous saying… “if you build it-they will come”.
Window feeders are available in all shapes, sizes and varieties too; for nectar, seed, suet, mealworms, fruit and nuts, the secret is letting birds know you’ve got the goods! And the best news with feeders placed on balconies… no squirrels like the typical backyard. Even if you reside say on the seventh floor, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the wonderful antics of feathered friends!