and fattening up for their journey south. Although it's officially fall, activity around feeders is still fierce in many states! Help the tiny sprites along with a tad stronger nectar solution during migration. Typically 1:4 (pure can sugar to water) birds benefit from the extra calories at 1:3 ratio.
Leave one feeder up- even if you think they're gone! Hummingbird Society president, Ross Hawkins always advises leaving a feeder up for stragglers from further north. Your feeder will not make them stay... it's a total myth.
Orioles... you may catch them on the flip side! Peak migration is Aug. & Sept. for Baltimore Orioles, though a bit difficult to recognize as birds are molting their feathers. For Bullock's, Sept. is peak migration, with some birds still molting.
Grape jelly and orange halves are favorites, any type of dish feeder works well for jelly. Try an orange half pierced on a small protruding branch, or check out the Clementine feeder above.
Goldfinches... they stick around Considered resident birds in most of the US, watch as vibrant yellow plumage gives way to new olive-drab winter feathers, they're one of few birds who molt twice per year. Appetites are voracious at thistle feeders right now, and hanging a mesh thistle sock is an inexpensive & easy way to please the crowds. The Rainbow Finch Feeder is fantastic for big crowds, a sight to behold when all perches are occupied!
Bluebirds... they hang too! Close-knit and family oriented, bluebirds are also residents in most locales. With a decent breeding season, many folks reported 3 and some even a 4th brood! Watch for their molt now, making it more difficult to tell who's who among juveniles.
Meal worms are their absolute favorite, but creepy-crawlies need not apply! Dried worms provide just as much protein and if you steep them in boiling water for a few minutes, it softens the worms for greater appeal... to the blues anyway!
Not so much now, but prior to breeding season, consider using calcium carbonate powder to avoid egg bonding in females. Because too much of a good thing isn't always good, worms dusted in this calcium supplement help balance nutritional needs.
Visit the website sialis.org for comprehensive information on anything bluebird related, there's great info on all native cavity nesting birds too.
Talk About a Heat Wave It seems every August is the hottest yet on record... this one took the cake! Each morning birds sat eagerly on our leaf misters awaiting relief in the fine mist of fresh water. Aside from fliers, turtles, frogs, lizards and a few wild turkeys found relief in the puddler below one mister.
Whether they stay or go, all birds need fresh water. It's the easiest and most effective way to attract songbirds. Solar fountains, bath drippers and leaf misters are ideal for warm weather, but nothing beats a heated bird bath in frigid winter months! All are available as separate accessories, consider adding one to your existing bird bath to further entice feathered friends!
Swell ideas for birds in fall
Leave one up: hummingbird feeder
Leave the leaves: create a brush pile in one corner of the yard for cover
Clean out birdhouses: provides roosting spots through winter
Give feeders a thorough cleaning
Offer one new type of food: try your own suet or banquet mix
Offer fresh water: make it move or heat for winter
Slap peanut butter right on a tree trunk once weather turns cold
Prevent window crashes: unobtrusive decals really work
Plant with birds in mind: provide natural food sources and shelter
New Native Plant Data Base! From Audubon, simply enter your zip code for a neat list of native plants to enhance the landscape while helping wild birds thrive.
Providing natural food sources and shelter has never been easier, a fail-safe list of hearty flowers, shrubs and trees tailored for you & birds... for many seasons to come.Visit audubon.org to find your plants!
Absence of color can be simply stunning as pictured in this all white garden for example. When Janet mentioned mounting her dovecote birdhouse on a birch tree's broken branch- we must admit, it sounded a bit odd.
To our surprise, the pics she later sent after installation were pretty cool. The tree's white bark served as the mount for the large birdhouse. The residence (also white) serves as a perfect backdrop, and the white roses along with white ground cover proved a lovely accent.
The 4x4 post-mount collar with vinyl brackets almost seems like it was made for the lopped-off branch, the fit is perfect. And even though the yard area is on the small side, fine details and scale do tie everything together nicely.
This vinyl dovecote features a cypress shake roof, lending itself to a more cottage or Victorian style. Sealant or waterproofing is recommended for these roofs prior to installation, and every few years beyond to preserve the wood. The vinyl? No worries of maintenance... ever! Although they look like wood, vinyl will never warp, crack or split. From small to tall, this dovecote features three entries with perches (also available with copper portalsl) it's ideal for the usual suspects; chickadees, nuthatches, bluebirds, wrens and other resident songbirds.
Thanks for sending the pics and sharing your yard... may your new birdhouse host many successful broods over the years!
It means 1000 folks have saved items from our shop on the popular marketplace for all things home and garden. From our copper/vinyl birdhouses to rustic teak garden decor, activity is brisk and customer reviews are stellar!
Everyone in the world may say they're unique- it's the chic thing today... but it just ain't so! When an online store automatically uploads an entire inventory from a manufacturer or distributor... there's nothing unique about it at all.
Curate: To select, organize and look after products in a collection It's what we do best (along with personal customer service for a fab shopping experience). Searching far and wide and often locally for the most unique birdhouses, wild bird feeders, bird baths, yard art and cool home accents!
Recycled, reclaimed, innovative, functional, local, classic, modern, whimsical and everything in between are just a few of the requirements or qualities kept in mind. And when you love what you do, it's obvious in many ways. Products are handcrafted by those who have passion for birds and art.
Check us out on HOUZZ for our condensed version of fine home and garden offerings!
Nesting activity may be winding down for the season, but your resident birds will take kindly to roosting in any of these fine birdhouses through fall and winter!
Real estate is tough out there for feathered friends, and there's so many good reasons for installing a birdhouse.
New styles arriving for fall and holiday include highly detailed Victorians, rustic log-fronts, and durable vinyl/PVC in some pretty awesome designs.
Whether post-mounted or hanging, a new birdhouse at this time of year still offers refuge from inclement weather and from predators. They help resident birds thrive.
Rustic bird houses like these log-front styles give birds and nestlings ultimate protection with their naturally deep predator guards! Logs are chosen for their distinct form and texture, while the best ones provide deep entries that keep thieving paws at bay. Watch for new styles coming to the site this week under our rustic birdhouses section!
Another popular category of housing is the vinyl/PVC line... you can't beat it for durability and good looks! From our copper roof birdhouses (that actually look like wood) to the new art vinyl bird abodes in vibrant colors (from original wood-burned art) both provide a place birds will be thrilled to call home.
Gifting a birdhouse for any occasion is a fabulous heart-felt idea- there's styles to match virtually anyone's personality and tastes. Not only helping local cavity-dwelling birds, they're an engaging gift with purpose.
A birdhouse can involve the recipient - however much or as little as desired, making it interactive... far & away better than any virtual experience! From an old testimonial, one customer had told us this: "My friend loves her birdhouse. It's a great way to let nature comfort heartache."
It's a stark contrast, a difference in tastes... contemporary designs and rustic styles. Sometimes even paired together for a bold statement in the garden and/or in the home.
Some groovy new (and old) birdhouses and bird feeders have arrived in both styles! One is crafted in Germany, the other, right here in Atlanta.
The rustic birdhouses are one-of-a-kinds, no mass production and no knock-offs from overseas. Complete with all the features of a birdies' dream home too! Although totally functional and meant for feathered friends, we're confident a few will end up as indoor decor... so sorry little guys!
On the flip side, crafted in Germany, are these sleek and contemporary bird feeder/bird bath combinations. Stainless Steel and Aluminum, they're pole mounted (pole included) and offer great versatility for your birds. With simplistic design this feeder/bath combo offers up fresh water or just about any treats; seed, suet and nuggets, peanuts, fruit, even live meal worms in the porcelain dish (we promise the mealies won't crawl out).
Back to the rustic is a killer huge ground bird that's hand carved of teak root. Dense and most durable, the bulk of teak wood found in the garden is contemporary furniture. So this rustic bird bath (extra large and not even listed yet for sale) looks pretty amazing when paired with a mod birdhouse or feeder.
Whatever your style, birds will appreciate the offerings, be it food in a cool bird feeder, fresh water in a sleek bird bath, and/or shelter in the form of rustic birdhouses... please help house the birds :)
And the inspiration for pairing rustic with mod? Check out this cool number... want one, need one!
To show Dad how special he really is... nothing beats these vinyl birdhouses and bird feeders! They look like wood and they're guaranteed for life. From small to tall and everything in between, these houses and feeders simply rock.
Instead of the usual product shots, here's a peek as to how they really look in the landscape, and any dad who digs birds would be stoked to get one!
Here's a quick video of actual photos sent in by customers and a few local installations around Atlanta, GA.
Oh sorry, one of the greatest Beatles tunes ever... blocked for copyright :(
A story from a customer in Canada is well worth a share.. Thanks Joan!
"From the sounds of it, I just might have to enlarge my collection of bird-enticing accessories. I was considering the mister, but decided on a dripper, for now. Maybe I’ll add a mister, once I decide on an appropriate location. I have to relate a story ... something that happened to me last year, which was the most enthralling experience I’d had with any bird.
We were in a bit of drought, in our area. On one of those days when we were allowed to water our plants, I used a hand-held hose. I was quietly standing at the corner of our house .... right at the end of a hummingbird flight “corridor”, between ourselves and our neighbors. I was in my “zen” frame of mind, standing quietly, with the hose on a gentle spray, when I heard a hummingbird. One flew right in front of me, through the spray. I froze. He landed on a lilac bush, and immediately returned, through the spray.
I couldn’t believe what was happening. I slowly turned down the force of the spray, to make it even more gentle. The hummingbird came back, through the spray and onto the bush to preen. If I thought that was amazing, I was completely unprepared for what happened next.
The little hummingbird flew into the spray, and stopped! It was no more than 3 or 4 feet away from me. He turned to face me, dropped his body so it was perpendicular to the ground, opened/fanned out his lower feathers, and opened his wings. He was hovering, totally perpendicular, facing me, and the spray from the hose. He stayed like that for maybe 15-20 seconds. I was totally stunned. We ‘locked’ eyes lol .....
And absolutely no one was around to see. In my mind, I was screaming at my husband to come out and see what was happening !
That’s what has prompted me to look for something water-related for hummingbirds, for this summer. After all, I can’t stand by the side of the house, with a hose, waiting for a hummingbird to fly past LOL"
Joan's right, you can't stand around all day, but for pennies a day, leaf misters will entice the tiny sprites to your place. Butterflies and songbirds love them too! easy to install and versatile in the garden.
Throngs of people poured through Cobb Galleria in Atlanta this past weekend to check out wares displayed at the biggest Home Show in the US. We were thrilled to be a part of it thanks to Cole and Company Landscaping in Marietta, GA.
The booth was almost magical, with tons of plants and shrubs packed in for effect. Hydrangeas, camellia, azalea, spiarea, scotch pines, dwarf cypress, ornamental grasses and several miniatures filled the space with natural beauty creating a wonderful habitat. Local, native plants like these greatly benefit wildlife and the landscape with minimal care.
Cobalt bottles on simple stakes, concrete toad stools and tea for two... the only thing missing was the rabbit with watch who's late for his date! It appeared like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. The fairy cottage was just perfect for the space, and our copper roof bird feeder and houses set the focal point.
Lots of interest and inquiries as the birdhouses & feeders are vinyl and guaranteed for life. The landscape company nabbed several clients, but personally... my fave had to be the $7500 massage chair! Lots of work... but a fun weekend was had by all.
While the Northeast got pummeled by snow, Atlanta was lucky enough to receive only a light dusting this time. But in the South, you must understand, the mere mention of snow sends folks into a panic which depletes grocery store shelves!
So if you happen to be one of those crazy bird people, and your mealworm stash is running low... you add them to your grocery list for your bird's survival over the next few days. Yes, birding has become so popular that even grocery stores offer smaller bags of dried worms. Steep these in boiling water and you've got a delectable meal for bluebirds, warblers, chickadees & titmice to name a few!
Another high-calorie, easy to feed treat? Peanut Butter! Woodpeckers, warblers and nuthatches love it (not to mention squirrels if they'll brave the cold) and this one offers lots of extra fat and protein for calories to sustain body heat overnight. Grab a spoon and slather right on a tree trunk. The very top-left corner of image below reveals a pine warbler ready for some good eats!
Suet feeders, peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower and even thistle seed for finches are ideal for cold-weather munchies. There's easy suet recipes you can whip up in a snap, and we just found this gourmet recipe for seed logs on social media too!
The pictures aren't the best quality as they're snapped through the window... hey, it's just too cold out for bare hands.
Remember feathered friends during rough weather like this, offer a fresh water source and please feed the birds!
Still have some names looming on your list? Judging by the traffic and half-crazed people in the stores today, we're hedging that many folks haven't yet found their perfect gift choices?
We're offering up a few ideas the non-birder might thoroughly enjoy well beyond the holidays. Metal yard art that's hand made in Mexico is a fun choice, with critters like spring chickens, laughing cows, billy goats, pigs (some that fly), dogs and more!
Know a State Farm agent? A while back we had a run on farm critters... they now grace a few agents' offices with the most whimsical character! Know a city dweller who yearns for the country? The recycled metal animals rock!
Know someone who just moved in with bare wall syndrome? Artsy wall hangings of natural driftwood or pine cones are cool, and ceramic tiles make unique gifts that last! You can even start them really small with birdhouses... in the way of ornaments!
If all fails... the Shroom of Doom is perfect for any kitchen! A handmade stoneware fruit fly trap that's cool enough for the counter. Nifty-gifty, functional art... fruit flies be gone! Carpenter bees in summer? We've got a great trap that's proven and effective against the wood-eating insects.
See? Check the home & garden section for fab gifts... even if they're not crazy bird folks. Best to shake a tail feather though as time is running out!
Wishing you and yours a sane holiday, filled with laughter, light and love~