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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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Burro Banana

This would be the third year that we are harvesting small or burro banana from our backyard. Our plantain only failed us once which was last one year but that would be probably because we have been trying to save water & watering lesser & lesser when the plantain needs a lot of water for yielding fruit.

This is three pictures of the same banana row. We ate the bottom row( approx. 15-20), YUM!!

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This is the old post that I published 3 years ago, the very first harvest!!

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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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Orchids

I have 2 moth orchids which is the most common type of orchid & is also called the Phalaenopsis orchids. One is purple & the other is pinkish orange in color! They bloomed around the same time(just like my lily & pickerel rush (from another post of mine)) but they are really different in size! Purple moth orchid just had another bloom a month ago & from the same stem but about half way through started this new stem & the current one started growing out.






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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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