For the Birds

One of the things I've been reading about lately is attracting birds to your garden. I bought this suet feeder and stuffed a seed brick in it (it's a bit hot for suet right now). It's hanging in the quince, which is the tree best able to stand that much weight right now.

Suet feeder

I've also ordered some bird feeders and birdhouses from a catalog; they're not here yet so I can't see how effective they are. I'm not sure where I'm going to hang them: the trees in the yard are kind of small and played out as far as hanging stuff goes. I think I'm going to have to get a couple of shepherd's crooks or set in some poles.

I hung a new hummingbird feeder in one of the nectarine trees (all the hummingbird feeders are well away from windows or mirrored surfaces). The hummingbird came over and checked it out immediately, but most of its action is from ants. I don't mind attracting ants to the garden: insects are fine anywhere outside of the house. I like that the new feeder is small, because large seems to be a waste of materials, given how often the nectar gets changed. Also, it hangs nicely in the tree.

Small hummingbird feeder

The corn seems to be thriving. I've never grown corn before, so I was not sure what to do, but it seems to want compost and water, which I have plenty of. It's an ornamental, but technically you can pop it and eat it. When I read that I thought of a bunch of "edible gardening" web sites I read where they talked about fruit that was tasteless and mealy, if technically edible. I'd rather just eat the tasty food from the garden, so I'm planning to feed it to the birds when it's grown, rather than eat it myself.

Corn in the dahlia bed

I've also set out a pan of bird seed. And there are lots of insects in the garden, which is very attractive to the avian set. I think it's just a matter of patience, now. The garden will grow into its space and the birds will come.

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posted by ayse on 07/17/06

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Birds in the garden are a joy to watch. Ever morning I enjoy the birds over coffee. A good variety of seed will bring the birds, as will a good source of fresh water.

We feed the birds year round, and this summer,we've been watching a family of evening grosbeaks -- just this week, the fledglings started coming to the feeder with dad, and he would at first feed them, then stopped and let them fend for themselves.

I think you will really enjoy the birds.

Ali

We've got a little flock of LBJs of some sort that hangs out and takes dust baths in the sand, or water baths in the gutter (where the sump is dumping at the moment). Most of our birds here are waterfowl, but I think we might get goldfinch and bluejays as well.

Part of my job is to a) teach the stupid dogs to stop chasing birds away, and b) make sure there is adequate cover and sight lines so the local felines aren't getting a buffet, too.

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