Wednesday, December 31, 2008
In the post entitled, "HELP!" you will see what happened to the Seed Wreath - that was a sad day - but I came up with a solution in the post, "New Visitors in the Morning".
The whole idea of the wreath didn't seem to impress the birds until I had that incredible 'fly-in' on Christmas morning! Since the 25th, its been noticeably disappearing everyday!
Sometimes, I've counted as many as 36 birds at the feeders - and of course, you know there are more, because they keep flying in and out and you can never get them all in one place at one time and what I've noticed, and thoroughly enjoyed, is that they seem to be very comfortable in the wire basket. They will sit there and eat and eat and eat - sometimes a half dozen or more birds for longer periods of time, compared to the feeders.
Well, today, I went out and took a photo of the Seed Wreath - IN ONE WEEK they just about cleaned it up! ! ! WOW!
Instead of replacing the wreath, I'm thinking about putting a tray in the basket and filling it with seed (the wreath was $14.00 - gone in one week!) and see if they behave the same way - staying longer.
Anyway, this is all part of the stuff I don't want to forget, so I just had to post the final act of
"The Disappearing Wreath" - - -
On two separate days this week, I have found a little pinesiskin dead on the ground - one right under the feeders and the other about two feet away.
I've been perplexed and have studied the situation - trying to figure out what is happening.
I can only think they had flown into our dining room window. The feeders, situated right in front of the kitchen window, are 5 feet from it. This is within the 'safe' range recommended by the lady at WildBirds Unlimited. But, the dining room window is set back another 4 feet or so...
I will be taking measures to correct hazard. Meanwhile, I'm sure you know how I feel.
On a happier note, tho', the birds have just about devoured all of that seed wreath that has received so much attention! I am amazed!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Since beginning my Bird Sanctuary Dream, I have purchased very little 'stuff''. I don't spend time pouring over Bird Catalogs or websites or constantly talk about this or that gadget. I've only been to the WildBirds Unlimited once - with my friend.
So, on Christmas Day, when we were opening gifts, I was in for the surprise of the year!
My friend gave me a large box, wrapped in red wrapping paper. I could NOT imagine what was in it! When it was time to open it, it was a pretty generic brown cardboard box - no real clues yet, and even when I OPENED the box, my mind could not register what my eyes were seeing. I had NO IDEA for several seconds what I was looking at - it was a mess of unrecognizable 'stuff'. I 'cautiously' reached in to lift out something that looked safe :) - and SCREAMED in DELIGHT at what was in my hand! I ended up tossing the thing in the air in the process!
It was a Nest Building Ball! ! ! and of course, I figured out, in that instant, that the box was full of 'Bird' things! (which was very cool, in and of itself!)
There were 2 Nest Building Balls (which won't go out until Spring), a red Christmas Stocking to be filled with Niger Thistle seed - there was a bag included! - and a Water Bath/Feeder apparatus.
It is amazing that, except for the Nesting Balls, my friend did not know that these were things I was thinking about from time to time, and planning to get someday! I don't think I ever mentioned them to her. "WOW!" Thank you, Rebekah!
The best part is my whole family gets to enjoy these presents too! All of us spend lengths of time standing in the window, watching the birds and their activities at the feeders. So many happy experiences, thoughts and emotions! It is absolutely delightful!
As you can see, it didn't take long for me to get these presents out to the santuary.
Can you tell I'm dancing inside?
OH YES! and don't miss the video that follows this post!
Rebekah recorded it on Christmas Morning. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
THEN SUDDENLY, they started coming in sooo FAST!
It's difficult to see, but there are 9 birds in the seed wreath basket!
See the one hanging from the bottom?
They were having a wonderful Christmas Feast!
I'm so thankful God made birds!
And, I'm so blessed by His gift of sending them to my feeders!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I've never seen so many birds at the feeders at one time -
until this afternoon!
Its was like a busy airport -
I wondered where 'Air Traffic Control' was!
BUT, THIS MORNING ---- AHHHHHHH! ! ! ! ! There was this critter at the feeders!
And all this happened BEFORE COFFEE! ! !
Friday, December 19, 2008
Chestnut-backed Black-capped Chickadee
See if you can say THAT fast 10 times :) - just for laughs!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I just read that you can mix lard, peanut butter, & bird seed together and press it into a pine cone. The birds love it? The suet cake I have out there is peanut butter - but they don't seem to relish it. What say ye? :)
and I have an article on my website which I posted on Dec. 1st: http://captivatingwoman.com/archives/heart/awareness.html
I think of all of you in the 'Storm Zone' and pray all your needs are met. Bless you all, friends!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I went out and got some clippings from our hedge (Jeff, my husband had pruned some earlier this week) and I proceeded to create a mini-woods :) for my little freezing visitors.
Andrew, Charisa and Halleleyah - practicing for a 'Christmas Surprise' Hmmm.... :)
Monday, December 15, 2008
What to do? I so enjoy the photos I see on all my Birders' Blogs!
Thank you for sharing them with everyone!
Anyway, these little visitors are so cold! They were puffed up and at one point, a pinesiskin was standing on top of the hook lifting its little foot and changing feet on that cold metal. I think, today, if I have time, I'd like to wire some boughs around the metal so its not so unfriendly.
Have a happy day everyone! and STAY WARM all who are in the Arctic Blast!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
My dear, sweet friend, Rebekah took this footage for me this morning!
She knows how much I love my birds, so she made me a video that
I would like to share with you! Enjoy!
(I apologize for the 'noise' in the background - our heat pump turned
on just as the birds came. We're going to keep trying to capture
them without the extra noise - ;)
Some things I'm pretty happy I've experienced - others . . . don't think I'd like to try - like having food poisoning! YUCK!
Thanks to Jayne for continuing the fun!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (actually hiked up a mountain)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang/played a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job7
6. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Made a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Gotten a speeding ticket
THE LITTLE BIRDS FOUND MY FEEDERS
EVEN in the SNOW! :)
AsTigger says, in Winnie-the-Pooh, "I'm so happy, I feel like bouncing!"
Saturday, December 13, 2008
reddish coloring. The smaller ones with more color have
been here before. I looked them up and I believe
they are called 'House Finches'
Then these larger ones who came
today have less, but brighter color and their
beaks are thicker - 'Purple Finches'?
But, this 'little' visitor -
hmm... I think is a 'Gold Crowned Sparrow'.
and having fun learning to identify the different species according
to their markings and subtleties.
Your encouragement is so welcome here!