How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds are good for your garden ecosystem, and very entertaining little creatures. It's easy to fall in love with these tiny, charismatic birds that whiz around with little concern for us (unless you're getting too close to their food sources–then they'll give you a talking-to, and maybe even try to chase you off). A visiting friend who saw them for the first time in person on my front porch said he felt like he was in an animated Disney movie. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Modern Birdhouses and Feeders!

created at: 04/09/2012

One of my favorite things about spring is watching the world come alive, from new buds on the trees to a flurry of avian activity in our yard. Celebrate the season and gives all those birds something to really talk about with one of these unique houses or feeders!   

 

1. Birdy Birdhouse by Vladimir Jaccard

2. Hummingbird Feeder by J Schatz

3. Bird feeder by Joe Papendick

4. Birch Bird House by Tapio Anttila

5. Pip Pip Bird Feeder by Stina Sandwall

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How to Turn Old Frisbees into a New Bird Feeder

created at: 2009-08-07

Leland is a very clever guy. The proof: he took a couple of Frisbees and an empty mayonnaise jar and turned them into a bird feeder. What I find remarkable about his creation is it looks like a store bought bird feeder! If you’d like to make one of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Frisbees or Frisbee-type deals
  • 1 empty 1-quart size plastic mayonnaise jar
  • 1″ dowel that’s 1/2″ long
  • 1 coffee mug hook
  • 1 round head screw #8 x 1
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • compass
  • drill
  • X-acto knife

For Leland’s detail instructions on how to put it all together, follow this link.

The BIRDS!

created on: 08/04/08

I
saw these delicious wallpaper birdies on a post over at Ohdeedoh just
before I went away and instantly wanted them or something like them, so
instead of packing like I should have been I bungled together a DIY
version, using Origami Paper and this website here which has lovely anatomically correct birdy silhouettes.

created on: 08/04/08

 

You can probably figure it out yourself but what I did was:

  • choose a bird whom I liked the shape of, in this case a sparrow.
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How To Attract Birds in the Winter.

The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.

  • High-calorie suet is vital to keeping birds warm in winter.
  • Keep a supply of suet in the freezer.
  • Lay in a stock of seed in case of emergency. 
  • Run an immersible heater to the birdbath.
  • Treat birds to home cooking by making muffins, bread, and nutritious snacks.
  • Expand the menu by offering chopped nuts, doughnuts, raisins, and fresh fruit.
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    It’s a HummZinger!

    For us, hummingbirds were sort of a suburban myth: we were told they were in the area, but never saw one. As we wanted proof of their existence, a bit of investigation into hummingbird feeders was conducted. After a thorough search, general consensus named HummZinger feeders as the best on the market.

    They’re sturdy, easy to clean and very well designed for the purpose. I chose the HummZinger Ultra, which I found at my local Wild Bird Store for about 21 bucks. Continue Reading

    Great Horned Owl Update

    It’s been twelve days since it rained owls. The ‘Twins’ as we now call them, are getting bigger every day. (They’re about the size of a house cat.) Although they do a significant amount of wing flapping, they’ve only been able to get a couple of inches of air. All in all, it’s been quite a learning experience–for all of us.

    The con and pro of having a pair of Great Horned Owls as yard guests:

    Con: the mess. Continue Reading