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!
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. :)