Fall Hummingbird Tips

Everyone loves to watch the hummingbirds in their yard.  Those cute little birds with  the humming sound made by their wings flapping.  The only birds that can hover and  fly backwards and change direction almost instantly. 

Now that fall is here, many bird enthusiasts are afraid that the hummingbirds will not migrate south if hummingbird feeders are left out in the fall. The hummingbirds in your will migrate south, whether or not you have hummingbird feeders in your yard.

There is such a variety of hummingbird feeders available, form the classic hummingbird feeder to the ornate hummingbird feeder.

Continue to feed the same recipe of sugar water as you did in the summer.   It should be  a ratio of four parts water to one part cane sugar.  Always boil the solution and let it cool completely before filling your feeder.

Always have a water source available for your birds.   Water is vital for birds and will be a great attractant. A birdbath is perfect, especially if it has moving water, but you can also use a pail of water.  Just make sure the water is clean!  That means you need to empty and replace daily.

NESTING MATERIALS ATTRACT BIRD FAMILIES

Many natural nesting materials that exist in your backyard are often chewed up into minuscule pieces by lawn mowers. Birds do not want to nest in a backyard that does not have many available nesting materials.

It is guaranteed that they will not stop to nest at a yard if they when they see a neatly manicured lawn.

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When providing birds nesting materials, it is important to leave the materials scattered throughout your yard. Good places to put them are over tree branches and draped over shrubbery. You can purchase a Single Suet for Wild Birds, and hang it over a branch. You can fill this Single Suet with an assortment of nesting materials, and the birds can pick through it and choose the materials they want!

Learn more about Wild Birds at RachelsRobin!

 

Snowman Style Wild Bird Feeder

If you are looking for a great winter theme wild bird feeder or the perfect gift for the wild bird enthusiast, look no more.  The No/No Solar Snowman Wild Bird Feeder is the perfect feeder.  Yes, I said solar!    The Snowman has a solar panel in his hat.   After feeding birds all day, he lights up at night to decorate your yard.

The No/No Solar Snowman No-No Bird Feeder  is all metal.  It has no wood  or plastic and that means no squirrel damage.

The large seed capacity and a wire mesh design attracts both clingers and perchers. Simply remove his hat to fill with black oil sunflower.

The  snowman shaped three-tier feeder will holds up to 15 birds and features drainage holes to discourage water pooling.

So easy to use.  No assembly – just fill, hang and enjoy. Dispenses seeds through the all-metal mesh. The No/No Solar Snowman No-No Bird Feeder  is  15 inches high, including the top hat lid and 5″ in diameter.

 

If you like the like the No/No Solar Snowman No-No Bird Feeder, take a look at the other No/No Bird Feeders available.

All No/No Bird Feeders have the following qualities:

  • All metal, no wood, no plastic.
  • No assembly
  • Need no cleaning.(but are dishwasher-safe)
  • Rain or snow just run or blow right through the feeder
  • Holds Black Oil sunflower seeds which are the most popular seed for wild birds

Holiday Gifts For the Outdoor Bird Lover on Your List

The holidays are upon us.  Time to start your shopping for all the people on your list.  If you have an outdoor bird lover on your list, a great gift is a bird feeder.  There are so many bird feeders available; from the inexpensive to the expensive, from the traditional to the highly unique bird feeders. Any one would make a great addition to any backyard bird sanctuary.

The  Preserve Bird Feeder is a beautiful bird feeder that will attract small songbirds, while preventing larger birds from feeding. The powder-coated diamond shaped wire creates perching spots for the small bird, while preventing squirrels from reaching the center feed tube.  The feeder tube, made of durable plastic, is see-through so you can see when the seed needs to be refilled. The metal roof keeps the feed tube covered to keep the seed dry and fresh.  The metal roof also keeps the squirrels away.  The metal base prevents seed waste and has drainage holes for any water. To refill the seed, simply remove the metal roof.  The feeder has four reinforced feeder ports with individual perches.

The Preserve Bird Feeder dimensions are 9 inch diameter X 16 inches high.  It holds  3 pounds (or 2 quarts) of seed.  The feeder arrives completely assembled and ready to hang with the  wire hanger that is included. The gorgeous copper fleck finish adds to the elegance of the feeder.

 

Check out other feeders, like globe bird feeders or gazebo feeders.  You are sure to find one or two or more that you would like to give for a gift or maybe even get for yourself.

 

 

 

Prayers and Help Extended to Hurricane Sandy Victims

The staff of BackyardStyle.com and associated stores (GregRobert Enterprises, LLC) extend our sincere prayers to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

We pray that recovering is fast and as smooth as it possibly can be.

Starting today, October 31st, 2012 and extending until November 10th, 2012 – BackyardStyle.com and all associated online stores will be donating 10% of profits to hurricane Sandy rescue and support efforts.  Please spread the word and do your online shopping at any of our stores during this time period.

In addition, feel free to use coupon: sandy to save an additional $3 on orders > $39.

God Bless America.

 

 

Wren House

The House Wren is a small  plain brown bird with a bubbly song that can be heard loudly. They have a  fairly long, curved beak.  The House Wren has one of the largest ranges of any songbird.   They are bubbly and energetic birds, just like their song.       The House Wren is a common backyard bird that you can find snatching at insects in shrubs and low tree branches.  They are highly social and a House Wren is rarely seen alone outside of the breeding season.  House Wrens in North America are considered short to medium-distance migrants
and will migrate to the southern U.S. and Mexico for winter.

Wren Size Facts

Length: 4.3–5.1 in

Wingspan 5.9 in

Weight 0.4 – 0.6 oz

 

House Wrens will gladly use nestboxes, or you may find their twig-filled nests in old cans, boots, or boxes lying around in your garage.

Nesting Facts

Clutch Size  3–10 eggs
Number of Broods  1-2 broods
Egg Length   0.6–0.7 in 
Egg Width    0.4–0.6 in 
Incubation Period   9–16 days
Nestling Period  15–17 days
Egg Description  White, grayish, pink-white or  speckled or blotched with reddish brown.
Condition at Hatching   Naked, pink, and basically immobile, eyes closed, with a couple of dozen wispy down feathers scattered over back and head.
 

Your Wren House should have a hole no larger than 2 inches to keep out predators.

Easy Fall and Winter Bird Feeding with Seed Wreaths

Of course, you want to continue (or start) feeding your backyard birds this fall and winter.  You enjoy seeing the birds daily at your feeders and enjoy the thought that they come to you for food which means their energy. 

What you don’t like is going out in the cold, wind and snow to clean the feeders
and fill the feeders.  You don’t have to go through all that.  Simply purchase
Bird Seed Wreaths or their smaller counterpart Bird Seed Bells.

The decorative Bird Seed Wreaths and Bird Seed Bells are great backyard decorations, in addition to feeding your backyard visitors. The Birdie Wreath Wild Bird Feeder  shown to the right made by Pine Tree Farms and consists of the finest seeds and nuts – black oil sunflower seed, peanuts, safflower, red millet and gelatin. It comes with a cord for ease of hanging and   weighs 2.5 pounds.  Made in the USA.

The best way to use the Bird Seed Wreaths and Bird Seed Bells is to hang a few (or many) around your backyard.  Just hang them in spots that will be easy access to you during the winter.  You can remove the old wreath and just replace it with a new one.  No feeders to clean.  No feeder to fill.  Just bird to enjoy!

 

A Fire Pit – The Easy Way

Want an easy, but great way to create the perfect outdoor atmosphere in your backyard and keep warm?  The Newcastle Fire Column can do just that for you!  This beautiful  firebowl will bring the ambiance of an outdoor fire to your backyard, patio, or pool areas.  The mood can be a romantic setting or a cozy and comfortable place for family and friends to gather.  The open fire, with its glow and warmth, will add hours of pleasure to your outdoor setting. 

The Newcastle Fire Column, with it classic style looks great with any decor.   The firebowl measuring  12.9 length X 12.9  width X 29.3 height does a great job of heating the area without taking up too much space.

Any cool spring, summer, or fall night will warm up quickly with this firebowl.  The Newcastle Fire Column will keep you and your guests warm with it’s 15,000 BTU heat output running on a 1 lb. propane tank.

 

Other features:

  • Constructed of Poly Resin
  • Stainless Steel Burner with push button ignitor gas flow
  • Lava Rock Included
  • Material: Poly Resin
  • Type: Portable ”
  • Heat Output: 15,000 BTUs
  • Fuel Type: Propane

The Newcastle Fire Column, will bring evenings of fun to your backyard.

Autumn Bird Feeding Tips-Did You Know?

If you are not feeding the birds now, you may be missing out.

Fall is the time to begin even if the birds are not spending a lot of time at the feeders due to plentiful natural foods. The birds that are visiting the feeders in large numbers in the fall are scouting.

The birds need to be ready for the cold and snow by studying their resources in advance. They will remember and return to these feeding stations.

If you wait too long to begin feeding, the birds may not know of what your feeders have to offer. They will go to where they know the food and energy is, to survive the stress of freezing weather, from past experiences.

Time to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs need to be planted no later than mid-November to assure they bloom in the spring.  Follow these easy steps:

1.  Choose a location that has full sun.  Remember the bulbs will be blooming in the spring before most trees leaf out, so almost any spot will have sun in the early spring.

2.  Plant bulbs with the pointed end (which is the stem) UP.

3.   Bulbs should be planted to a depth of about three times the height of the bulb.  For example, if you bulb is one inch tall, it should be planted three inches deep.

Planting Depths for Common Spring Bulbs

    • Daffodil: 6 inches
    • Tulips: 6 inches
    • Hyacinth: 6 inches
    • Muscari (Grape Hyacinth): 3 inches
    • Scilla: 3 inches
    • Snowdrop: 3 inches
    • Crocus: 3 inches
    • Snowdrop: 3 inches
    • Bluebell: 3 inches

For ease of planting use the  Long Handled Bulb Planter. The  Long Handled Bulb Planter features a long handle and is made from rugged steel construction.

4.  Mix some bone meal into the soil at the bottom of the hole at planting time.

5.  Replace the soil on top of the bulbs.  To help the bulbs settle water after planting.  After the initial watering you only need to water your bulbs if you’re having a particularly dry season.

Sit back and enjoy your flowers in the spring.