Free Falling…

As much as I love Fall, it can seem like a losing battle when trying to keep the leaves out of the birdbath.

If the leaves are left in the water, they will start to decay and may stain your birdbath. Not only that, the water becomes unfit for the birds to drink or bath in.

Give your backyard friends fresh water daily even if it means sweeping out the leaves, which I do with a whisk broom, and refilling your birdbath a couple of times each day until the leaves have all fallen.

A little extra love and care this time of year will be greatly appreciated by your backyard friends and you will reap the rewards of your effort by seeing the birds enjoying the clean birdbath.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Busy…Busy!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Holiday week is happening now and if your like me your “to do” list just keeps on growing.

Just remember when planning all those table place settings for family and friends, take a few minutes each day to fill your bird feeders.

Happy Thanksgiving Week and Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Birds—My One Weakness

I love this bird plaque. The little birds make me smile with their cute expressions. They seem so happy like they are singing their lovely song for all to hear.

This plaque is a great outdoor piece to enhance your backyard or garden area. I have had mine for awhile and it has weathered well. It is very well made although somewhat heavy since it is constructed of molded concrete. It does come with a very heavy duty hook on the back for hanging. The plaque measures approximately 5 1/2” X 11”.

The company that makes this is Carruth Studio. The product name is Baby Birds Plaque. They have many more exciting things for bird lovers and gardeners on their website.

I am always looking for bird related home decor and this plaque is one of my favorite backyard pieces.

Fill your life with things you love and you will always smile when you see them.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

In A Flicker—(woodpecker that is)

Have you ever had a bird photobomb your photo?

This happened to me several years ago when I lived along a lake and near a nature center wildlife refuge. There were always an abundance of birds at my feeders and this particular day the cardinals were everywhere.

I decided to grab my camera and snap a few shots of their beauty. So many cardinals eating at one time, with their bright red feathers against the silver feeders, made a colorful picture.

Just as I was about to take another picture, this big fellow, a flicker woodpecker, swoops in and flies right in front of the camera.

Of course, the cardinals were startled and flew away in every direction to escape, but the magnificent photo I got by accident was the best ever.

So I would say, the moral of this story is that photobombing is not always a bad thing, especially when it comes to birdwatching.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

How Could I Forget??

I just realized my beaded owl is feeling left out since he was not included in my “Give A Hoot” post.

He is beautifully crafted and looks as though he could hoot out an owl call at any given moment.

He adds a nice touch to all my other bird related home decor, standing tall and watching over things from the bookshelf in the living room. I’m sure if he could talk, he would have some interesting stories to tell.

He was a gift given to me by a family member, for one of my many birthdays, I do believe. I can’t remember and it doesn’t really matter when it was.

What does matter is how it’s a perfect gift for me because of my passion for birds. It’s so wonderful to receive a very thoughtful gift knowing the person giving it truly knows your likes and dislikes and goes to great lengths to find that special gift that means so much.

I hope your day is filled with thoughtfulness towards others and to our beautiful birds as well, both real and crafted.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

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.