Today was an absolutely GORGEOUS day where I live…..the beginning of what promises to be a GORGEOUS weekend! Ahhhh….it does my heart good to see the snow disappearing as the mercury in the thermometer rises.
Another thing that does my heart good to see? BIRDS! My son and I spotted some robins pecking around in the backyard today and it got me thinking about a cute little project I’d seen recently designed to help our fine-feathered friends to build their nests this spring!
Just add a couple of handfuls of yarn scraps to an inexpensive suet feeder and hang outside where the birds can find it. Then be on the lookout for birds nests in your neighborhood featuring your “building materials”. I am definitely putting one of these up for my bird buddies this weekend!
Yarn Bird Feeder
by Juniper Moon Farm
“Birds fly over the rainbow, Why then – oh, why can’t I? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh why, can’t I?”
— E.Y. Harburg
And if you’re still feeling crafty after that little project….here are a few more to help FEED the birds. (They’re going to be HUNGRY after all that nest building!)
Biodegradable Orange Birdfeeder
by Rhythm of the Home
Nearly two billion dollars a year are spent on birdhouses, birdfeeders, wild bird food, and related items. Feeding birds is both good for the birds and the soul.
. . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds . . .
— John Burroughs, Birds and Poets, 1887
by Boston Parents Paper
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
— Robert Lynd
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings”
— James Matthew Barrie
Other ingredients that you can add to bird treats or just set out on your feeder are: Ground eggs shells, fine gravel or sand (for grit), cheese, dry cereal, coconut (raw), cornbread, cracker crumbs, dog biscuits (chopped fine), ears of sweet corn and watermelon pulp. Don’t forget the seeds from all of your veggies!