|Letting the garden go until spring provides more food and protection.|
For one thing,I have situated our feeders much closer to our windows now. I've also persuaded Father R to let us place our old Christmas tree at the base of two feeders to give instant cover from predators and snowfall. He's okay with it now as long as our yard doesn't look like a junk heap. :-D
|Window stickers protect flying birds.|
|Only three feet from the window ! What a view and safer for flying birds.|
Needless to say, those two feeders need a STRONG support. I bought this one at a The Wildlife Authority store. It was about $40 USD and has held up well for many years. It is designed for you to custom design the length arms that best serve you. Pretty neat. A good investment.
|Additional designs for select feeds increase the variety of birds to the yard|
|He and his buds can eat that whole cake.|
I'm adding a new type tube thistle feeder this year. This design places the holes BELOW the perches. Some observant birding genius discovered that that other invasive species, the house finch, can't eat upside down like the beautiful goldfinch, so another problem solved! I'm not real impressed with the quality of this particular one that I ordered, so we'll see how long it lasts. Thistle seed seems to have jumped in price and I only needed a small quantity. My Wild Bird Authority store had 5 pounds in an easy-pour jug for $7.99. I'll get at least three fillings which means more than one season!
Finally, I'm putting up 2 new peanut feeders to give the precious downy woodpeckers and the elegant flickers something new to try. The one feeder is pictured above. The second one is made by C&S of large-holed metal mesh and designed to work with their suet pellets. I found them at Home Depot and the feeder and food came to only $9! I also visited my local Southern States store which has the best prices on a variety of seed, especially bulk items like black-oil sunflower. I picked up a yummy-looking "woodpecker blend" full of peanuts, pistachios, dried fruit and other tasties to fill the one above.
|The neighboring pond attracts lots of geese year-round.|
Enter the bird bath heater!
|Water is much-appreciated!|
So that's how we outfit our backyard sanctuary!
Hope it helped you get some ideas. Don't feel you have to get all this at once! Just start with a decent tube feeder and black-oil sunflower and watch the show begin!
|Sweet, little Red-Breasted Nuthatch|
And thanks to the Outdoor Hour Challenge for getting us motivated to finally participate!
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