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!
Becca from Blue Cricket Design shows us how to make pretty bird wall art using, I might add, some of my favorite
MWT snagged a bigger piece of Lexan to see if that would solve our squirrel problem. (Excuse its opacity; it's another prototype.) Based on this squirrel's extension, it looks like it does not, in fact, solve our squirrel problem. Sheesh.
Squirrels!! (Shaking my fist skyward a la Colbert.) Last month I bought a bird feeder, the new Kaytee Songbird Station and hung it from a hook that's attached to my deck. I knew squirrels would be an issue, but I thought I'd install it and then figure out later how to battle them. It took the little effers about a week to discover it.
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...
These sweet bluebirds might look ceramic, but they're really paper mache. And, according to their maker, Jonni, they're fast and easy to make. To fabricate a pair of your own, you'll need:
So you've made your little feathered chums the hippest house on the block, now might be a good time to throw them a dinner party. With that in mind here's a few recipes that boids go nuts for.
Pine Cone Nibbles
- pine cones
- peanut butter
- birdseed (your choice)
Spread peanut butter all over the pine cones and roll them in birdseed. Tie a piece of ribbon or string to the top of each cone and hang them on tree branches.
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.
You can probably figure it out yourself but what I did was:
- choose a bird whom I liked the shape of, in this case...
Wow. Creativity, beauty, and a bit o' function...everything great design is all about. Michael from Spool Sewing offers a free how-to and pattern to create this amazing mobile from fallen twigs, some fishing line and eyehooks, and leftover fabric scraps. The fabric bird pattern alone is worth a million. Via.
The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.
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...
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. Oh sure, there’s the white, splotchy...
DWR is featuring this absolutely beautiful Egg Birdfeeder ($150) in an aqua blue that is to die for, but there’s something about birds eating from an egg-shaped bird feeder that's a little creepy. One of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Best Products of 2004, the design finally answers that age-old question, What came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg, as it attracts the birds.
Look what dropped in our yard: a baby Great Horned Owl. Actually there’s two of them back there. Their parents set up housekeeping several months ago, so we weren’t surprised with the outcome of their union. What did surprise us was finding two of their babies–unable to fly–hunkered down in our back yard.
Since we’ve become attached to these impressive hunters, panic ensued. A call to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center was necessary. A...