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DIY Bird Bath

I was thinking of buying a good looking bird bath but they all seemed so expensive so I ended up creating my own.

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I finally did it & i think it will still need some improvement. But here’s the things you will need to make this.

Note: I made some changes to the Birdbath later on as this one is too wobbly on a windy day so made 2 bird baths out of one & now they are steeply steady.

 

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Yard cup which is a 2 feet tall sippy cup, I used 6 of them altogether for 3 legs.

River stones or pebbles 5 packets

G02 glue or Loctite.

Arcylic paint of your choice

sand paper p320

A sturdy plate or plywood

Matte Mod podge

A clay saucer

2 beach pebbles

First, I sanded the yard cups thoroughly using the sandpaper until the smoothness is gone . Then get rid of all the dust from the cup using a clean cloth or rinse and dry it.

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Now you need to select the color you want to paint on it. I picked Martha Stewart’s Multi surface Satin Acrylic craft paint & painted the cup.

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Once they are dry add the stones inside. I just dumped them in the first couple & then realized that’s too messy so added them in small Ziplocs & dropped them in which is easier when you have to close & glue them together. Add as many as you feel or fill it up all the way . Then glue both of the cups together using the Go2 or Hot glue gun.

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If you dont want to decorate any further you can skip the next one.

i used Applebee’s Nature Acrylic Craft Paint which is not too glossy & wont scare the birds away. I used the back of a paint brush to make polka dots all over.

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Afterwards let that dry thoroughly, then apply mod podge over it to give that a finished look.

Then let that dry for the amount of time mentioned on the cover.

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Then get a plate which is somewhat the same size of the pot saucer & add it to the top of the legs after arranging them in a triangle shape. Then apply the glue to the top of each leg using loctite & press down the plate on top. If you are using a plywood cut that into a size of the saucer.

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Once this is dry, place the saucer on top & adjust.

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Fill that up with water & add 2 beach pebbles in it. Beach pebbles in the bath will help smaller birds which can get themselves up on top of them to dry off and get their bearings again.

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Pickerel Rush

My water garden have been a visual treat for eyes for the past one month! The lily bloomed three times already & its the pickerel rush’s turn & its blooming in half a dozen at a time!

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Water Lily

Finally my Water lily bloomed after over an year of testing my patience! Its a hardy water lily which is a result from crosses between European and North American species. It is an excellent permanent residents of water gardens.DSCF7371 DSCF7372 DSCF7374 DSCF7377 DSCF7378

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Texas Lantana

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I love this plant & its flower, the Texas Lantana. It is considered a pesky weed by some folks; Its a true testimony to the plant’s nearly indestructible traits. Texas Lantana blooms with masses of orange/yellow flowers that seem endless. The plant is drought tolerant, disease and pest resistant and thrives. It is a perfect choice for a low maintenance informal and wild flowerbeds although it works well in more formal arrangements. Xeriscape ready, provide Texas Lantana with ample space because it will get quite big.

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Courtesy: AustinNativeLandscaping


Nesting Finch couple

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A finch couple has been trying to build a nest in my backyard. I found them trying to build their nest on top the light fixture & where they have only limited space to even perch.

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They kept on trying for so many days in vain.

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Then the next day I see that the bird tried to lay egg & it somehow ended up in the floor. sigh!!

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Hope they will find a better, safe & secure place to build their nest!

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Courtesy: Will Elder, NPS


Wild Sights

These are some pictures I found interesting at the Defenders for wildlife page sent by different people!

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“Bee in California.”
From Sandrine Biziaux Scherson – Photography

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“Male Anna’s Hummingbird – Irvine CA.” discussion
From Sandrine Biziaux Scherson – Photography

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“Back Yard Adventures.”
From Corey Delo

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“Picture from Pennypack Park on the River, Philadelphia, PA. Almost mature bald eagle”
From Denise Meyer Dost

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“During one of our hikes in recent freeing temperatures, my dog and I saw this beaver busy on the semi frozen Credit River in Mississauga, Ontario. It was -18 C that day. The beaver totally ignored us.”
From Suhail Zubaid-Ahmad

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“Little Blue Heron, Long Point Park, FL.”
From Andrea Gray

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From Sue Coppiellie

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“Back Yard Adventures.”
From Corey Delo

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“Dolphin and Brown Pelicans (fishing together), Indian River, FL.”
From Andrea Gray

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“Male Lesser Goldfinch. Spotted at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ. I don’t feel there is anything lesser about this beauty.”
From Betsy Wolkins Churchill

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“Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii).
Woodinville, WA.
Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 300mm f/4D AF-S ED-IF SWM lens.
ISO: 640, f/4, 1/125 sec., 300mm. Manual mode and white balance. Handheld. Cropped and processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.
My Facebook photography page:https://www.facebook.com/BirdPhotographyByJlm?ref=hl
From Jacob McGinnis

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“This Magpie is a nice bird, but they can be very protective in breeding season and when the young have hatched. I would be the same protect my young at all times.”
From Teena Radin

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“A young Mockingbird stopped by for a drink outside our window.”
From Howard Hall

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“The Majestic Grey Wolf, enjoying a leisurely moment.”
From Kenneth Deed

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“Today went to visit the newly moved osprey nest in our neighborhood, thanks to a wonderful wildlife rehab person Chris who was involved with the local electric company to ensure the move went smoothly. The osprey appear to like the new location, time will tell if they have any babies…here is one of the osprey in the nest today…”
From Jelena Mulin

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“Lon-eared owl, John Heinz NWR Philadelphia”
From Denise Meyer Dost

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“Baby Great Horned Owl with mum and 2 siblings. Bolsa Chica CA.”
From Sandrine Biziaux Scherson – Photography

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“White tail deer @ Benjamin Rush State Park, Philadelphia, PA.”
From Denise Meyer Dost

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“Here is a picture of a sandhill crane I took at a bird sanctuary”
From Brandon Billiot

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“Snowy owl from upstate New York”
From Patti Kneer

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“The ‘hairy woodpecker’ visited my house and let me capture this pretty close without flying away J – Colorado Springs, CO”
From Larry Jordan

Courtesy: Defenders of Wildlife

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Round birdfeeder wreath

I used to have a bird feeder but because I had too many unwelcome visitors than I asked for, I had to get rid of the feeder but since its almost spring time I thought I will try to attract my feathery friends again!

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So I made this bird wreath using:

1 pkg plain Knox gelatin
1/2 cup warm water
3 Tbsp light corn syrup or sugar syrup
3/4 cup flour
4 cups bird seed
Note: I used sugar syrup since I didn’t have the corn syrup handy!
Making Sugar Syrup (instructables.com)
Step 1: Ingredients! The classic simple syrup ratio is 1 part water to 1 part sugar, in other words: 1 cup sugar. 1 cup water. …
Step 2: Boiling! To make the simple syrup, combine your desired amounts of sugar and water together in a small saucepan.

You will also need:

non stick oil spray

a  medium or big bowl

a wooden spoon or a whisk

a ring pan/bundt pan if not a round pan with a glass or cup for the center

wide ribbon to hang

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Coat your pan with non stick oil & if you using a regular pan like me oil the cup or glass you are using so that it comes out smoothly later.

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If you are using sugar syrup make it ahead & mix together gelatin, syrup, flour & warm water until it becomes a paste.

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Now add the bird seeds  and mix it thoroughly.

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Now fill your coated pan with mixed seeds & let it set for at least 24- 48 hours!

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Then hang it on a place where birds can access it & wait for your friends to show up..

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Now enjoy the show!

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