Bird Feeder Save 

Last Fall I may have gotten into a minor turf war with one of the squirrels that was stealing bird food. They were good all summer and only ate what the birds dropped but then they got greedy ad found out they could crawl up the brick wall to get to the feeder. After I slapped one on the tail when he didn’t leave I came home the next day to this. 

 Yup, that’s all from one day. This was personal! 

Anyway I really didn’t want o have to throw out the feeder and tried to still use it but the bird seed would spill out when the birds sat on it. I got the idea to glue a plate into the bottom to catch what was spilling out and then the birds could also have a place to perch again. 

   
 So far this seems to be working and no squirrels have gotten in yet this year. I’ll probably get a new feeder eventually, I just like to reuse if I can and I was afraid they would just ruin a new feeder too.  Bird feeders aren’t exactly cheap! Hopefully everyone can coexist peacefully this year. 😉 

P.S. We’re in Portland, OR right now on vacation for my birthday today so I’ll probably be posting pictures next time!

  

DIY Hummingbird Feeder

20140511-200212.jpg 20140511-200158.jpg 20140511-200134.jpgI’m so excited for warm weather finally and cannot wait to decorate my patio since this is the first summer we have had one in about 4 years.  I want it as nature friendly as possible. (partly because I like to watch my cats freak out at birds and other animals!)  I made this hummingbird feeder very easily with just a red bottle, copper colored wire and a special hummingbird feeder that I bought off of amazon.  The color of the bottle doesn’t have to be red but I know they are attracted to red so I figured it wouldn’t hurt.  I bought my bottle from Pier One.  I just wrapped the wire around the bottle, making sure it was secure and made a loop at the top to hang it from.

I also have a recipe to make your own nectar as well.

1 cup sugar

4 cups water

boil water and sugar until melted.  Cool and fill the feeder.  You can store the rest in an empty container.

I haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet but I think it’s a little early in the year for them to migrate north yet.  I can’t wait to see them!

Jenna ♥