If you build it, they will bathe
I’m pretty proud of this one.
I’ve been meaning to purchase a bird bath for the yard, but winced at the average $100 price tag. How am I supposed to save for new mega camera lenses if I spend so much on yard accessories? So I went the DIY route instead. Inspired by this idea, I picked up a few items from the local hardware store and got to work.
Ingredients: chain, carabiner, 5 key rings, and a glazed planter saucer.
I had to purchase cutting pliers, so the total cost was around $25, but those with the items on-hand could get away with an even cheaper lot. I cut the chain, re-connected in the appropriate places with key rings, and attached the four chain ends to a carabiner and chain-ring around the tree limb. Simple.
I couldn’t beilive it. Within the first hour a female Lesser Golfinch took the bait.
And then…shortly after, a female Red Crossbill!!! A new bird! Unbelievable.
Pretty stoked. At the same time, birds at the feeders:
I love sharing my world with these cool creatures. I worried though…about the new set-up leaving the birds vulnerable to neighborhood cats. A neighbor brought to my attention they’d witnessed cats stalking the trees and the last thing I want to do is to put the birds at risk. So, today I stopped by the Backyard Bird Shop with the intention of getting squirrel baffles to somehow deter the cats. But, the sales associate had a better idea…wrap the tree limbs with blackberry vines! Ultra genius.
It looks a little funky now, but the green will die off, and the brown will blend in with the bark. But the thorns will remain. I hope it’s effective. What do you think, Miss Humbird?
Mega ultra tweets and chirps,
So lucky that you saw Red Crossbills in your birdbath! I’ve seen them in the Seaside area but not in Portland. -Oregon Birder (my Flickr name)
It was a shocker! My first sighting! 🙂