Snow Birds have arrived

We have had our yearly visitors down from New England for a few days now and this is the first time that I was ready for them, well sort of 😦

As you know, I am getting my old computer on line and ready for vacation, my new computer works great however, it is real bashful, it does not like to go on line while away from home? The old girl, however, has no pride, she will go on line any place. 🙂 Both are Sony Vaio laptops?

I’m talking about the American Golden finch and the American Robin, the robins have been down for about a month and only requite a daily refill of the two birdbaths. The PIGS, I mean finch, on the other hand keep inviting their friends, neighbors, relatives and their cousins the sparrows, OH DARN!

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This year while building those new types of feeders I also made a few mini feeders just for the finch food thinking that I would fool them, the only ones being fooled are our normal native birds and none of them are use to taking a ticket and waiting in line to eat. I now have ten assorted feeders around the house and could use ten more. Breanna, Donna and I spend half the day enjoying the sights and the other half keeping the squirrels in check, RETIRED? WHAT is RETIRED? 🙂

Breanna is not going to make it without a lot more oxygen, she just keeps running from room to room, window to window, sleeps well though at night.

Oh well bring on the vacation, the old girl is rearing to go to work. 🙂

We may not make it until vacation time, birds are happy. 😦

MINI BIRDFEEDER

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If you want to make a Birdfeeder like mine and think that you do not have the time, I just made a shorter version two days ago that is working just fine at our sunroom window, I only have one so far, until we empty another water jug. Less fighting with more feeders.

A hook on the painted (paint your own color just remember that red or yellow and hummingbirds think that it is their feeder) upside down bucket, then drill a hole in the cap to the clear water jug for a wire or string. Cut out the label on just one side big enough for the birds to eat comfortably remembering to leave room for the seeds not to fall out, my clear water bottle has a label on only one side which works great because the back side is clear for watching from the window into the feeder while birds eat.

Drill a hole in the middle of the bottom of the water jug for a wire or string to a smaller upside down bucket painted.

Hang it just like the other one opening facing out so that a squirrel cannot jump in from the window side.

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If the squirrel tries to jump up from the ground the bottom bucket stops him, if he tries to step down from the roof the top bucket moves and he falls off.

Update on that new birdfeeder, from 01/19/2013.

I thought that I would make it easier for bigger birds to land on something while eat the seeds, the green landing platform outside of the opening to the seeds.

No tail jumped on that in no time and turned it into his/her own feeder so I remover it that same day. That was back on Sunday the 20th.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Bird Feeder

http://airedalepets.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-bird-feeder.html

New Feeder is up and open for feeding frenzy

I just replaced the old junk test Bird Feeder with a newer one painted for looks.

The sun is over the roof so it is impossible to get a picture on the outside looking at it with the window behind it today.

This one is inside looking through the screen, sorry.

It is hanging over our kitchen window.

I was worried about our song birds finding it and if they would give it a try, our crazy birds (we call the Nuthatch, Sparrows, Finch and Chickadees crazy because they come get one seed fly to a tree eat it and fly back 15 to 20’s at each feeding, screaming while in flight)?

Darn we have to watch this go on all day long. 🙂

No problem, as soon as I arrived inside, took the picture and was transferring over to the computed, all of the song birds came calling.

I installed a new thicker pole 7/8’s PVC, it is 4′ long.

The hooks drops down 12″ to the upside down painted bucket with a painted Greek Yogurt cup inside that is real unstable to stand on for my buddy the squirrel.

I painted them two days ago.

Another 15″ down to my two new feeder holder for the pigs, I mean birds.

Two water jugs with only one side cut open high enough for seeds, wide enough for the birds to feel safe while eating and the squirrel cannot get in from the back.

We get to watch from the kitchen through the window and through the back side of the jugs, a win, win all around because the old bird feeders are far away hanging as a squirrel feeder.

Oh I almost forgot about the guaranteed to work squirrel proof bird feeder that Mother-in Law bought me last year, NOT.

It took NoTail 5 minute to find and feed off of it.

I cut it into pieces to make a landing for the Blue jays, Cardinals, Doves, and our one crow George.

Two cups hooked on below to keep Notail honest.

The rest of the birds should be back after the cold weather.

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Squirrel proof bird feeder

OK I agree that this might be a little stretch at being on a Native American blog however, it is nature and the number one question on other websites so because it works?

Welcome to the visitor from the city of London United Kingdom

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Asking the question, is there such a thing as a squirrel proof bird feeder?

http://airedalepets.blogspot.com/2012/05/simple-squirrel-proof-bird-feeder.html

This one might not be the prettiest but it might be the least expensive and it works.

However, since the last writing about birdfeeders I also invented one that has so far, halter their attack on a window feeder. We do love watching our birds eat, drink, bathing and be marry.

Remember while reading one gets to paint everything with your favorite color for looks.

Nothing against Squirrels except that they are a little gamey when eaten. They do have a Squirrel feeder that they guard with their lives, they do not eat from it until every birdfeeders in the neighborhood is empty, everyone except ours, they just guard that one.

Using a 4’ 1 1/2 piece of PVC pipe, screw one end onto a 6” shelf hanger, then screwed it to the house just below the roof over the, in our case, kitchen window. A 1/8” hole in the other end of the 4’ pipe to hang a piece of wire through and down just low enough to hang a feeder on for the enjoyment of seeing our birds.

I happen to have an old piece of thick fencing that made this job easier and stronger, I am a (pack rat at saving everything) . I use this in place of the wire, it’s free.

The new trick seems to be putting that wire through the middle of the bottom of an upside down 8″ to 10″ Ice Cream bucket with some duct tape wrapped in a ball around the wire to keep the upside down bucket from sliding down the wire and onto the feeder. Mother in Law buys these big buckets of ice cream I reuse the buckets.

The Squirrel will walk out on the PVC pipe however, when it tries to step onto the bucket it tips and the Squirrel either steps back or falls off to the ground and runs away. It does not hurt the Squirrel except for a little loss of pride and the birds do not mind.

Someday when I am positive that it works and/or the birds slow down some, I will make one for pictures. Have fun.