It’s For the Birds!

October 28, 2008

Gardening

Good heavens, with the snow here now (see previous post), I’m remembering all these things I have to do before winter!! I think our lawn mower is still in the garage, and the show shovels are buried in the shed. And we have a few very wimpy bird houses and feeders that won’t survive the winter unless I pull them all in. We’ve been trying to attract birds (NOT crows, HATE those things!) to help us in our gardening efforts during the summer. We have way too many crows and starlings, and they are dirty and destructive.

So the kids and I have been creating “songbird-friendly” environments for the little critters. Last year we had some lovely cardinals, purple martins, and hummingbirds in the backyard! The chickadees do stay the winter here, but they’ve been finding tastier treats at the neighbor’s house. Hm, we may have a neighborhood bird-feeder war going on around here…

We’ve had to transition from “regular” bird feeders to a fancy squirrel-proof bird feeder. I can’t believe the number of squirrels we have here. And they have ravenous appetites. So either we surround our feeder with machine guns and barbed wire, or we have to have a special anti-squirrel feeder. Else the birds will starve and the squirrels will gorge. I have yet to see any squirrel share his stash, too.

How about you? Do you feed the birds in the winter? Or.. just the squirrels?

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3 Responses to “It’s For the Birds!”

  1. Janet Gardner Says:

    Hi,
    I know I have never left a comment before, but I have stopped by your blog now and then and think it is really good. I hope you got the award I posted for you on my blog. I like the way you blog about the home life and the upkeep of a house.
    Take Care,
    Janet 🙂

  2. Carole Says:

    We don’t have TOO many squirrels because we have a lot of cedar trees here which the squirrels aren’t big on, but we do have some. The birdfeeder we have is on a metal pole and I periodically go out and slather it with Vaseline so it’s too slippery to climb. It works really well and it’s funny watching the critters try to climb it. 🙂

  3. Mrs. M Says:

    Hi Janet! I really appreciate your kind words and am wowed that you honor me with an award!! 🙂

    Carole– Vaseline?! ROFL! Oh my gosh, you MUST take a video of it!!! I’d love to see.