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Humming bird Perch

This Humming bird has been a regular at my feeder for a very long time & always perches on something close to the feeder so that he can fight off any other hummer who comes by to feed on it. Then I thought of making him a perch which could be conveniently next to the feeder, so that he can be closer.IMG_0251

 
So I came up with one idea & for that I used a pencil & a copper wire!


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At first I tried to make it by gluing the moss roll but it turned out to be too thick for the hummer to perch on!

So I changed it a bit & removed the moss roll & simply rolled & tied the copper wire onto the pencil by cutting both the ends of the pencil. It turned out pretty good, after adding those flowers 🌺 to it!

The hummer still visits at least 20 odd times a day! But it is taking its time to getting used to the idea of my new perch, he will eventually perch on it once it is comfortable with it, I guess!!

 

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A day with the Heron

These pictures were taken by one of our good friend when we visited this Wetlands! It was filled with birds but not as much as it would have been in spring time! But the Heron was fun to watch, sifting through mud & water looking for fish & other creatures!

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Mourning Doves

This spring I have been seeing a lot more bird activities in my backyard. I see my regular visitors like finches, humming birds, pheobe, sparrow, mourning doves & the springtime visitors like mocking bird & the special visitors this year are cliff swallows who are trying to build nest on the eaves of my house. But I always like to listen to the cooing sound of the mouning doves which kind of helps me feel calm! I have this pair of mourning doves who have built a nest in the palm tree in my backyard. 


They take turn sitting on the eggs & have seeds & water from my birdfeeder! I always leave some seeds below the hanging feeder  on the ground just so that the doves can have it since they wont eat anything from the regular hanging feeder!!

They are really hard to be seen from any direction & they just blend right into the dried out palm fronds. But have been seeing this crow which is looking for an opportunity to snatch their eggs.


They have 2 eggs, for the record (I didn’t scare or chase the bird to get this nest picture), took the picture when the bird left the nest in search of food.

 Last year they had their nest on top of our awning & had 3 set of eggs one after the other. While it was fun watching them building nest & raising chicks, their daily activities kind of ruined our awning that year!


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Cliff Swallows


I have been seeing flight of cliff swallows flying all around my neighborhood & they tried to build a mud nest on the eaves on the side of my house, but it got damaged & it is only now partially left. Hopefully they will comeback & finish it.

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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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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


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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