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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

If you build it, they will come...


Okay so where are all the damn birds already?

This past Saturday, morning there were three mourning doves pecking at the last of the dog food I had set out for whatever critters wanted to consume it. I immediately went to The Home Depot and bought a shepherd's crook and a birdbath. Then I hit WalMart to buy bird feeders and bird food.

And as of Sunday morning, I still hadn't seen a dang bird. A month ago, I had cardinals swooping all over the place, as well as a pair of woodpeckers, and several other types of tweeters bathing our yard in song.

I could hear them, perched in the many trees, but I couldn't see them.

Finally, though, Monday evening while sitting on the patio while DH grilled burgers a cardinal swooped in. He found purchase--barely--and nibbled a few seeds. What I discovered is that the perch part of the feeders is not far enough out for the birds to grasp and still lean forward and grab seed. The birds find themselves breast-to-feeder with no way to reach the grub.

After taking a close-up look, DD and I determined that we could easily solve the problem. It's just a matter of finding some popcicle sticks or regular sticks or dowels or something and adding/extending the perch area.

 And looky there--our wild outdoor cat. I've named him Simon. He lives under the shed. He crept out to see if there was any dog food left and to get a drink of water.


Last evening we had several morning doves and a cardinal, and just this morning, I saw a bluejay. Finally!

3 comments:

Regina Richards said...

I love to watch the birds in my yard! Your bath and feeder set up looks great. Enjoy!

Chill N said...

You want birds? I've got birds. Want some? :-) I've never had much luck with feeders on poles or shepherd's crooks. I hung the feeders in our trees and now I wish I had stock in the birdseed companies because there are so many at the feeders.

Oh! A tip! I was having a horrible problem with squirrels eating all the seed. Then I started using safflower seed -- and squirrels don't eat it. The safflower seed is more expensive but when you figure that none of it is going to the squirrels, it's worth it.

Nancy

Lara said...

Glad you solved your problem! :)

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