‘‘Tis the Season

It is time to put away the Thanksgiving decorations…

And drag out the many boxes of Christmas decorations.

Let the Christmas Holiday begin!!

I went to a Christmas Tree Lighting in a nearby small town over the weekend. I had never been to a city sponsored Christmas Tree Lighting and found it full of activities, with brightly colored lights streaming along the walkways and tightly wrapped tree branches.

A children’s choir was happily singing all the old favorite Christmas carols as parents gleefully took pictures. Santa was busy with youngsters and photos with the giant Christmas bulbs while teens sold hot chocolate.

It was a beautiful canvas of darkness and twinkling lights. As I walked around each of the trees, I noticed the stillness and silence of the otherwise noisy nighttime birds. I wondered what the birds thought of all this commotion and bright lights in and around their favorite roosting area.

Sometimes we get so caught up in pleasing our own eye, we forget how it may affect others. It gave me the idea to be more mindful when decorating my trees and bushes this season by adding a few holiday treats for my birds along with my Christmas decorations.

I plan to add slices of apples, oranges and perhaps a few berries on a string and hang from the hedges and tree limbs for the birds to enjoy while they have to endure the multicolored twinkling lights and blown-up Santa and Snowman of the neighborhood.

Remembering to think of the birds around your neighborhood during this holiday season by feeding extra treats will fill your heart with gladness and bring a sense of calm to the disruption of the darkness for our beautiful feathered friends.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

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.

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.

Thru The Eyes Of A Child

This is my all time favorite birdhouse photo of all the ones in my collection.

This masterpiece was built with tiny hands and an artful mind by my granddaughter many years ago.

I gave her a small hammer, a few nails, glue, paint, and my craft drawer items. With just a little help nailing and gluing, she created the “Pink Birdhouse “ for me.

The detail is wonderfully crafted and it is definitely one of a kind.

A beautiful gift made one special day for this birdhouse loving grandmother.

Backyard Friend or Foe

Squirrels, you either love them or hate them!

Personally, I enjoy them in my backyard. Unlike my neighbor, who waves a very large folded umbrella wildly thru the air to shoo them away when the squirrels sit on the fence.

Squirrel antics are fun to watch. Whether it’s filling their cheeks full of nuts or going to great lengths to reach the feeders, by stretching their bodies into a long slender line while hanging upside down.

They have soft silky fur with bushy tails and large eyes. There are many types of squirrels with a variety of colored fur.

I know they can be mischievous and even destructive if they get inside your attic or they decide your patio cushions will make great bedding for their nest.

Taking some precautionary measures to keep squirrels at bay will allow you to still enjoy them as your backyard entertainment. And please, don’t chase them away waving an umbrella, your neighbor may just be trying to get the perfect photo.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends, and Squirrel Watching too.