Tuesday Tip

Sometimes from lack of knowledge, inexperience, or just a plain crazy idea, we do things we think is right at the time.

When it comes to thawing a frozen bird bath with boiling water, it may seem like a good idea, but it is NOT.

Pouring extremely hot or boiling water into your frozen bird bath to thaw the ice will result in the bird bath cracking or even shattering.

The sudden change in temperature from the frozen ice to the hot water is dangerous. You could be injured from the hot water or shattering of the bird bath. This will also result in heartbreak since your beloved bird bath is destroyed.

If you are determined to thaw the frozen water in your bird bath, use warm water (not boiling or hot) and pour a very slow stream of water in the thickest part of the ice, just enough to start to melt the ice and make a hole. Continue this method around the frozen ice, until the ice is melting and you are able to break up the ice without using water.

Investing in a bird bath heater is a good idea if you live in an area where you have constant frigid temperatures resulting in your bird bath freezing. This will also save you from “freezing” while trying to thaw water for your backyard birds.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Hands Free Photography

A great addition to your backyard birdwatching is a Birdcam. I have the Wingscapes Birdcam Pro, Model WCB-00119.

It comes with great instructions for general use and set up with mounting accessories.

I have used the Birdcam Pro both mounted to a tree,

And just on the ground.

The results have been very good with the many focusing capabilities this model has.

It uses a motion sensor to capture the image on a SD card, which is also a convenient way to view the pictures taken.

The case enclosing the camera is weatherproof and the battery life is sufficient, resulting in a low maintenance outdoor camera.

It takes 8 AA batteries to operate the camera and the battery compartment is easily removed from the camera using the eject button when it is time to change the batteries.

I leave mine focused on my backyard bird feeder area both day and night. There is always an element of surprise when viewing the images captured with your Birdcam Pro. I have captured great photos of my backyard friends and even some unexpected wildlife I didn’t know was coming around (a fox).

Since the Birdcam is motion activated, it can also be used as a security camera as well.

I have been extremely pleased with my purchase and love the idea that I can get images of birds in my backyard doing what they do naturally without me being nearby.

Make yourself happy and enhance your birdwatching by adding a Birdcam to your yard. You will be glad you did.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Tucked Away Till Spring

I have had these three little birdhouse flower pots for several years. They are my favorite pots for summer time annuals.

I only use them outside on my patio and plant a variety of annuals throughout spring and summer. In the fall, I remove the old potting soil and bring the pots inside.

I never leave my ceramic pots outside during fall and winter months due to the fluctuations in temperature which could cause the pots to crack.

I wash them out with warm soapy water to clean the residue of the past planting and store them away until next spring.

I cherish these cute little birdhouse pots and look forward to using them year after year.

Hey, I’m Under Here!!

This sad little birdhouse was buried under miscellaneous junk on a shelf at a local thrift store.

I just can’t seem to pass up an abandoned birdhouse that others thought was no longer useful.

I think repurposing this little gem will be a great project to do during the cold winter days ahead. I wonder what creativeness will be bestowed upon it??