Welcome to my Bird Blog!
Migratory bird populations have taken a nose dive in the past 40 years. But you can help bring their numbers back by creating beneficial, beautiful and fun habitats in your own backyard. Discover favorite plants and environments that shelter and feed colorful songbirds, as well as how to make them feel welcome by offering their preferred natural foods.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This beautiful cake would delight any child! Find the complete directions by clicking the above link. Have fun!
I found an adorable blown-glass bird birthday candle holder. You could use it in the center of the birthday cake and add regular candles to fill in with; or make it the star on a cupcake just for the birthday boy or girl.
This is a cute way to get kids interested in bird watching!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
|My male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is back 'home' for the summer!|
by Grandma Pearl
Around about the last week in April, or the first week in May my hummers will be back! I always look forward to their arrival. The males will come first, with the females following about a week later.
I’ll never forget that warm spring day. I had just started outside to survey my gardens when a tiny shimmering green female hummingbird came speeding toward me at eye level. My first reaction was, of course, to move my head back to avoid what I thought to be a certain collision. Instead, she suddenly stopped about a foot from my face and hovered for a few seconds looking into my eyes, then sped away to the newly-hung nectar feeder.
|Tiny Hummingbird in silhouette perched in the tree right over my head.|
by Grandma Pearl
|Bee Balm is a hummingbird magnet!|
from my garden--Grandma Pearl
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Male Cardinal Basking in the Sunshine|
from Grandma Pearl
Create a Bird-Friendly Cottage Garden in 5 Easy Steps
For more information on using native plants, and an extensive plant data base from which to choose, check out the Birds and Blooms Blog. What are your favorite native plants? Do you use them to attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects?
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
This sets a new precedent for landlords of these tall buildings to be required to retrofit their windows with a new film that makes the glass visible by use of ultraviolet light. Birds are very good at detecting the ultraviolet part of the light spectrum.
For newer construction, window glass makers have perfected a special product that breaks up the reflection that birds see. If you take a walk around your house and look at what is reflected in your windows, you will see how birds end up hitting windows. To them it looks just like the sky, trees and open air in which they normally fly.
This new ruling will go a long way towards saving millions of birds from this avoidable hazard. To Read more about what you can do to make your windows safe for birds, click here: Why Do Birds Fly In To Windows?
How to keep Woodpeckers from Damaging Your House
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
"JENNY" WRENS ARE LIVELY LITTLE BIRDS, that eat many insects in a day. So they will keep your yard and gardens in good shape. Providing nesting houses for them will assure they stay in your area. If you hear a loud repeat of 'tea kettle, tea kettle', you most decidedly have a Carolina Wren patrolling your property! Leave your dryer lint or hair from your hairbrush out on the ground, and the little wrens will use it for nesting material! I have a wren bird house next to my front door on a shelf, and it is occupied every year. These diminutive brown birds may be small, but they pack a powerful song that you will welcome!