Hello, Little Birdie!

A few months back, Walker and I made an awesome upgrade to the backyard and have been enjoying it ever since. Inspired by our grandfathers, who were both avid bird/animal lovers, we decided to bring some of our feathered friends to our little patch of green in the city by adding a few different kinds of bird feeders. Although it took the birds a week or so to find the feeders, now the birds (mostly sparrows, finches, mockingbirds, and the occasional bluejay) come in flocks of 10-20 to eat! They don’t even care if we are sitting out there anymore… they have gotten pretty brave!

My handsome man setting up the feeder pole :)

My handsome man setting up the feeder pole :)

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The hummingbird feeder is located in the tree above the other feeders but it doesn't get much action. So we are moving it to the other side, near the hibiscus and grape plants.

The hummingbird feeder is located in the tree above the other feeders but it doesn’t get much action. So we are moving it to the other side, near the hibiscus and grape plants.

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We also started to gather a squirrel following (which I was not pleased about… those idiots were eating all the bird food and breaking the feeder), but a simple feed switch to “F.M. Brown’s Bird Lover’s Blend — No Squirrels… Just Birds” did the trick. The food uses chunks of hot chili peppers in the food, which the squirrels find insanely spicy since they are mammals, but the birds can’t taste the spice at all (and the chilies are actually quite good for them!). Plus, instead of sunflower seeds, it uses safflower seeds, which the squirrels find bitter and unappetizing. We haven’t seen a single squirrel since the day we switched the food (months ago)! Yippee!

Anyway, call us old people but we have really enjoyed listening to and watching the birds. There is something so soothing about having them around. :)BirdFeeder8



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  1. Ashley

    July 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for mentioning those subtle differences in feeds to deter squirrels! We were given a “squirrel proof” house warming gift, but it’s actually raccoons that we have a problem with. They demolished my last bird feeder. I wonder if the same changes would deter them? Worth a try, anway!

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    • Erika

      July 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Oh no! Honestly, I don’t see why this feed wouldn’t work on raccoons… it is crazy spicy to all mammals. I can even touch my face (not that I’d want to) without washing my hands for fear of burning my eyes out! Haha :)

      We figured that it was worth a try and were are very happy with it! Let me know if you try it!

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  2. Cindy P

    July 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

    We LOVE our bird feeder!! So does Seabass. :) Collin and I get so excited about the different kinds of birds we have and how many are around at one time. I think our record has been 8. But we have one feeder. The only downside, before we had just sunflower seeds in it and we did get squirrels, but they would just eat the droppings that fell onto the porch floor. Our feeder was empty for a few days and we just refilled it on Sunday and I haven’t seen any birds since… I’m hoping they just haven’t discovered it’s refilled yet…

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    • Erika

      July 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      That sounds great! Yeah, it took our birds almost tow weeks to discover that our feeder was there. Hopefully they will find you soon! :)

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  3. Ash @ HumberHomeProject

    July 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Ok, I just learned WAY too much about bird seed… haha. but I’m excited that there’s a seed that actually deters squirrels. In our apartment we put out a bird feeder and the squirrels would have a field day with it. We never chased them away though, because they were hilarious. We had the feeder on a curved hook (like for a hanging plant), and the squirrels would shimmy up the pole, hang upside down on the curve by their back feet and eat the seed. I mean, we had to give them props for style ;)
    I’m going to have to see if I can find this seed anywhere so we can get a pretty bird feeder, too :)

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    • Erika

      July 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Haha sorry, I was nerding out over the bird food! That sounds hilarious!! They are such strange little animals! ;)

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  4. michelle@decorandthedog

    July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I want to love this but I hate birds. They can’t be trusted.

    Your backyard, however, is super cute!

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    • Erika

      July 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Hahahaha understandable! At least there were no pictures of actual birds. You’re welcome! ;)

      And thank you! It is a work in progress!

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  5. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    July 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I’d love to have a bird feeder in my backyard one day! They remind me of summers spent at my grandma’s house bird watching from the porch.

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    • Erika

      July 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Same here! My grandparents always had a bunch of feeders, as did Walker’s grandparents. :)

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