|Norma Boeckler's Bluebird|
I set up some bird baths and feeders a distance away from the bedroom window, then moved everything in.
A White Profusion Butterfly Bush has grown at least 8 feet tall and serves as a waiting room for birds, stairs and escape for squirrels. Next to the bush is a large Pokeweed, which is ready to bear fruit for the birds. Together they screen and shade the window.
Below is a children's swimming pool kept clean and full of water for all animals. I cut the sides down to make it easier for all creatures to use. Also, birds are intimidated by deep water but love to bathe in shallow pools. I tried using rocks and deeper water, but that increased the surface area to clean of algae and dirt.
Four bird feeders, sheltered by the eaves, close to the window, keep the area busy:
- The platform feeder is perforated and filled with sunflower seeds each day.
- The hanging baskets are filled with suet during the cooler seasons, not in summer when they melt away.
- The squirrel-proof (sic) feeder has finch seed, so only the finch family and sparrows feed from it.
- The Lowe's hanging feeder holds a lot of sunflower seeds and its multi-sided design allows five birds to eat at once.
|This Bella Vista super-squirrel owned my squirrel-proof (sic) feeder,|
using the mechanism to shake seed into his greedy mouth.
|If insects like the tiny flowers,|
Hummingbirds are likely to enjoy them too.