But first of all, I'll finish up with my last post about outwitting squirrels. Actually since we now have about 26" of snow on the ground, the squirrels are no longer a problem -- guess they just aren't able (or willing) to make their way through all the snow to get to my backyard and birdfeeders.
However, once the snow has gone, those clever bushytails won't be able to get to any of the tasty birdseed (with peanuts) that I'm now providing in my new Yankee Tipper birdfeeder -- the newest weapon in my squirrel proofing arsenal!
On the weekend after Thanksgiving, we took a trip down to the Mississippi to see the Tundra Swans. Unfortunately, most of the swans had already left for their wintering spot on the East Coast, so we had some extra time to stop at Bauer's Market in LaCrescent to shop for some apples. Lucky for me, they had all their birdfeeders on a 30% off sale! For any of you who have ever looked at one of these feeders, you know how expensive they are, but with the sale, I was able to purchase this feeder for the remarkable price of $70! Cha-Ching! Saving money always makes me :-)
This feeder holds 5 lbs of "Cardinal Delight" birdseed. Not only do cardinals like it, but ALL my birdies (and squirrels) do too! Since I don't have to worry about squirrels anymore, this feeder is now hanging from a tree branch right outside my dining room window.
I really like this feeder but there was one major flaw -- the platform that the birds perch on was very smooth and incredibly slippery plastic so the birdies (especially bigger birds like cardinals) had a really difficult time trying to perch and pick up seeds. Something had to be done.......
I thought briefly about covering the platform with duct tape, but decided that would look kind of tacky. After watching the bird's feet slip all around on the platform, I decided that what they really needed was something to perch on. So I cut apart a dowel (about the same diameter as the perches on my other birdfeeders) and hot glued the pieces on the feeder platform.
As you can see, the birdies definitely approve -- and doesn't it look much better than duct tape? Attendance at the feeder has improved remarkably! In fact, I've even had to refill this feeder already! I'm happy to be able to provide this delicious birdseed and see all the birds up close. It will be even more fun to watch what happens the first time a squirrel tries to raid this feeder.
Here's one of those little house finches that's more of an orangey/yellow color -- I don't see them very often at my feeders. I remember when I worked at Wild Birds Unlimited, people would sometimes report them as orioles at their feeders.....
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!