Wednesday, March 9, 2016

For the birds...

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With the arrival of Spring, I usually take this time to take stock of bird-centric items for the shop and at home.  Making extra sure there are places to nest, eat and drink to raise a new flock of feathered friends.  The above feeder is my favorite that we sell, and I've restocked for spring.  It has a great vintage look and very easy to unscrew and clean.  The tray should not hold water as it has tiny holes for a spring rain to pass through.
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I like these mini blossoms for our hummingbirds; they're great to add in a plant of salvia, lantana, or other hummingbird attractant...call it a bird buffet.
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And why not let your birds live in style, simple and easy to clean ceramic would make a nice home for chickadees, wrens, and sparrows.  Green and amber are available online at our website.
Food for thought...don't forget to plan for some natural sources of food in your yard.  We carry and plant in our own yard a couple of the sunflower varieties from Hudson Valley Seed Library.  Here is velvet queen...you'll enjoy the rich blooms and birds will enjoy the seeds that follow.
Here's an idea we're loving for nesting birds (and putting to use at home too).  Take a suet cage and fill with natural materials for birds to pad a nest.  This picture shows yarn fibers and as pretty as it looks, its actually not recommended for our delicate avian friends.  Preferred choices are natural cloth strips, wool, jute, burlap, pine or wheat (tiny twigs work), grass clipping, and what did we use...dog fur!  We often watch birds dip down in the yard to steal bits of our husky's fur.
great crested flycatcher grabbing a mouth of fur and grass clippings in Spring 2014
This season I've been putting the remnants of each grooming session in the suet cage and hanging along our fence line.  I even saw our 1st pair of chickadees grabbing a mouth full and stuffing it in their newly claimed house!  Keep in mind, don't try this if your dog gets flea dipped.  Just remember to offer items that are chemically free and that are not too fine to wrap around a nestlings leg.

Featured in this post...
  • Vintage Style Mason Jar Birdfeeder - available at Nest Interiors
  • Mini Blossom Hummingbird Feeder by Par-a-Sol - online and in store at Nest Interiors 
  • Perch Ceramic Birdhouse - an online exclusive from Nest Interiors 
  • Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs - many varieties including sunflowers here 
--Lisa 
 
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