It’s been a warm few days, but likely just a teaser. The dreaded cold snap will hit again-damaging all tender vegetation. But resident wild birds are pretty well-adapted to these kinds of weather changes. Help them thrive by providing proper nesting sites, a very scarce commodity.
Unique birdhouses that are totally fun and functional, with ventilation, drainage and clean-outs help provide these critical nest sites birds so desperately need. Competition for bird houses from non-native species has taken it’s toll on our own cavity-dwelling birds. European Starlings and English House Sparrows are wicked in their destruction of Bluebird and Purple Martin eggs.
Got someone on your list who’s due for a gift? Unique birdhouses make long-lasting and practical gifts to be enjoyed for many seasons. Putting a smile on your friend’s face while helping wild birds to thrive and flourish… what better gift for any nature enthusiast?
It doesn’t look so bad here, maybe the rivets on the baffle are starting to give, and the nice green luster is gone, but this bird feeder pole serves the purpose quite well. Holding a good-size hopper on top, and two hanging feeders, with enough room for weather guards too. It’s really a nice set up. The bottom of the pole even sits in an auger, that screws down into the ground about eight to ten inches. So what’s the problem?
If you could see this bird feeder pole now, you’d laugh, or maybe think “what the heck?”. It now sports a heavy rope which is braced against three ground stakes… professionally tied and knotted by a former sailor! Now I was very excited to purchase a brand new shiny bird feeder pole, which I plan to install as soon as the weather warms up (along with thorough cleanings of all the feeders). I can only hope the triple-braced contraption holds up until then. Today I tightened the rope, and added a small bungee to keep it from slipping further down the pole.
The ground is just overly saturated with water right now 🙁
Besides all the Georgia rain, and snow we’ve had this winter, our leaf misters ran all summer at the top of the small bank. The ground was already wet before winter’s mess. So I’m thinking why did I buy the new pole? Maybe some cement would have been a wiser option.
A most interesting phone call came in the other day, concerning natural insect control. While the person was explaining the yard set-up and pond, you could tell they had researched and done their homework. It was really a pleasure to hear someone first-hand, on their admirable endeavor of natural pest control.
Not only serving their own agenda, the two bat houses ordered were beauties. Shown here, it’s The Colony Bat House, complete with a triple chamber that will house a whole colony of bats and their offspring. Lots of little brown bats may be calling this roost home very soon!
One birdhouse, and one purple martin house, in hopes of enticing these avid insect-eaters, were also added to their order, making the yard a very wildlife-friendly habitat. The pond is already there, serving as a water source. Mature trees and shrubs line the yard offering protection from predators and the elements. Numerous native plants adorn the area as well, providing food sources for feathered and furry friends. So, with food, water and shelter readily available, local wildlife should this yard very inviting. Can’t wait to see pictures of the new bat houses too!