Backyard Bird Feeder – Make Your Own Teacup Bird Feeder

Backyard Bird Feeder – Make Your Own Teacup Bird Feeder

    Remember the little backyard bird feeder – DIY teacup bird feeder which I made a couple of years ago?   So many birds have stopped to eat the black oiler sunflower seeds and I have captured many in pictures.  Last week, a big fat pesky squirrel jumping from the magnolia tree to the teacup feeder knocked it off the pole.  In the garden, just like life, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade

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   The teacup was not broken.  So, I placed it on the deck railing and actually got to enjoy seeing more of the birds!  Right off the kitchen, the teacup on the deck rail is more visible than when it was right beside the patio.  This shot was taken from the kitchen window.  The pair of cardinals is a little bit more wary than the finches.

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   A  pair of purple finches has been using the cup of sunflower seeds to feed their babies.  They have three.  They don’t seem to be too bothered when we are quietly sitting around the table on the deck.  A sudden movement will send them away with a start but it doesn’t take long before they are back.

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   The Blue Jays are the first I have seen here in quite awhile.  I love seeing these beautiful birds.  After making some corn hole bags for the boys game, there was some corn left over.  We put some in the teacup feeder and the Blue Jays showed up shortly.  Do you think it was the corn that drew them?  We have never seen them on the feeder with just the sunflower seeds.


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   A mourning dove has also been visiting.

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   These tufted titmouse birds have also been seen on the feeder.  I love their big round black eyes!  They are really flighty and it has been difficult to get a good picture of any of them.  One little fellow keeps hanging on the window screen trying to get into the house.

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   The grandkids have enjoyed seeing them, too.  Sitting on the deck and watching the birds, Sophia drew a picture of one of the purple finches.  

    The directions for the DIY teacup bird feeder are easy to follow.  I’ll be making another one!  If you don’t want to attach it to a pole, though, maybe you should consider gluing a cup to a saucer and just placing it on your deck rail!   The backyard bird feeder has been an enjoyable and learning experience, too, for the whole family.

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Teacup Bird Feeder DIY

Teacup Bird Feeder DIY

Teacup Bird Feeder DIY

July 1, 2016

    The other day, I came across a DIY bird feeder made from a teacup and saucer.  It just looked so delicate, floating across the tops of flowers in a garden.  I imagined one or more in my own garden.  It just so happens I have a few antique cups and saucers, which I have been collecting for some time.  Okay, there is no way I could bring myself to use those beautiful antique cups and saucers for a bird feeder!

   It just so happened that I remembered seeing chintz cups at Homegoods, TJMaxx, and even Tuesday Morning!  A shopping expedition proved that I was too late for those!  I saw virtually none that would be appropriate for my garden.  The mind was brainstorming again.  Back home, looking through the china cabinet, there was a tempting blue patterned cup and saucer.  No, they were Haviland China.  Can’t do that!  Teacup Bird Feeder DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

    I pulled out a fruit patterned teacup and saucer.  Then I came across this lovely little cup and saucer I found on sale at Homegoods several years ago.  I love the colors.  I had bought the last two of these cups and saucers.  The sum total was six dollars.   Yes, this would do nicely.

    On my trip, I looked for epoxy like the directions for the bird feeder had said, but found E6000, which said it was industrial strength, clear, and glued products could even be washed in the dishwasher.  I opted for this instead of the epoxy.

    In addition to the teacup, the saucer, and the glue, a one-half inch copper pipe is needed.  I bought the ten – foot length and had the Home Depot associate cut the pipe in half.  I probably could have cut it into thirds, but I was thinking a little taller feeder would keep the chipmunks and squirrels from getting into it.  We will see about that.  

   The other item I needed was a copper tube cap, which is in the picture above and in the picture below.

   This project was so incredibly easy.  The E6000 glue said to be sure the surfaces were clean and dry.  Next, rough up the surfaces a little before applying the glue to both surfaces.  Wait two minutes.  (Waiting is the hardest part!)

   Then I set the cup on the saucer, pushed firmly, and turned the cup and saucer upside down. 

   The little copper tube cap was sanded lightly on the end and glue was applied to a small area on the bottom of the cup and the end of the copper cap.  Then two more minutes of waiting!

   The cap was then placed in position, pushed firmly, and allowed to dry for twenty-four hours. 

   Waiting again!

    After the cup was in waiting mode, I chose a spot in the garden for the feeder.  The cardinals and finches love this birdbath above and are there often.  The crabapple tree is nearby, where they perch frequently.  This seemed like the perfect location.

  The copper pipe was pushed firmly into the ground as far as I could push it. Then I had to ask Dave for help.  It is just about the same height as the bee balm located right there. 

   You can pin this DIY Teacup Bird Feeder here.

   I think it came out pretty cute, but wouldn’t a spiral of three or five in different heights be nice?  I will be on the lookout for more teacups so another DIY teacup bird feeder will be on my list of projects…

 

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Big Beautiful End Of The Summer Surprises!

Big Beautiful End Of The Summer Surprises!

August 13, 2016

Summer Surprises

       Big Beautiful End Of The Summer Surprises are in store for you in the garden!   The butterfly bush is luring more than just butterflies into the back yard.  Look at this hummingbird moth!

    The butterflies are flocking to the butterfly bush, too.  Several yellow tiger swallowtail butterflies are continually visiting the bush.  Did you know the male tiger swallowtails have four black ‘tiger stripes’ on each front wing?  

 

   The females can be either yellow or almost completely black, but you can see the faint darker tiger stripes.  The yellow females have a band of blue spots along the hind wings.  The females are bigger than the males.

 

   The males have fewer and smaller blue spots than the females do.  The spots are not in a band like the females and they may even have just one blue spot.

    Remember the butterfly weed, ‘Asclepias tuberosa’, which I bought and planted last year?   It has grown a lot.  It flowered once and already has some seed pods on it.  It is flowering again.

   It is planted a few feet from the butterfly bush and hopefully a beacon to the Monarch butterflies.  The butterfly weed is a species of milkweed, and the monarchs cannot survive without it. They lay their eggs exclusively on the milkweed plants.

   The Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves.  When the larvae emerge, they eat the green leaves.  The caterpillar then becomes an emerald colored chrysalis.  This stage lasts for two weeks.  Then the butterfly begins to emerge.  Click here ► for a complete description of the monarch life cycle.

    Hopefully, I capture pictures of this amazing process, because I have spotted one on the butterfly bush!

 

    Isn’t it interesting that the male monarch butterfly has a black spot on the inside of its hind wing, but the females do not have that spot?  Who knew?  I did not learn that in school, and who figured that out anyway?

    This little female goldfinch has been enjoying the black oil sunflower seeds.  While the male has been seen on the DIY cup bird feeder, which I made last year, he is just not there as much.  That’s why there is not a great picture of him yet!

    The cardinals are a lot more wary than some of the other birds.  It took a lot of quiet waiting to capture these shots.  Isn’t she gorgeous, understated, and elegant?

    Her partner was almost always with her or a stone throw away, ever wary,  just watching.

    For a couple of years, I have tried to get a good picture of the tufted titmouse, which lives in the pine tree in our neighbor’s backyard.  He and his friends were too far away and flew too fast.  Finally, he and his partner were lured down to the cup feeder with the sunflower seeds.  Aren’t they perfect?

  It’s amazing what goes on all around us when we are too busy to notice as we join the everyday rat race.  Often, I would be gone before the sun was up and home after it had set.  The last couple of years, after retiring, I have been able to sit back and enjoy this wondrous world just outside my back door.  

     Take some time and sit quietly in your back yard.  Grab your camera!   Maybe Big Beautiful End Of The Summer Surprises await you in your garden, too.

 

 

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The Garden And Its Welcome Visitors

The Garden And Its Welcome Visitors

October 24, 2016

       The Garden And Its Welcome Visitors is ever changing.  This female Cooper’s hawk has discovered the bird feeder, too.  While she may have discovered it earlier unbeknownst to me, I caught sight of her and captured this shot of her in the trees out back this past week.  Notice how her tail is fanned!   As you can imagine, the ever wary little birds at the feeder scattered and disappeared quickly.

   Apparently, these medium-sized hawks are a common sight at bird feeders.  Last year, I got a shot of a baby hawk in the trees.  The hawks are a common sight flying over the woods.  There is an abundance of squirrels, chipmunks, and smaller birds here in our own backyard.  It is really not surprising they are here.

   Unfortunately, I was distracted for a few minutes by other matters and by the time I got back, the hawk was gone.  This picture reminds us of what a gorgeous bird the hawk is.

    Speaking of gorgeous, the roses are still blooming in the garden!  This little bumblebee is a welcome visitor.  If you want bumblebees in your garden, plant’Monarda’, also known as ‘bee balm’.  The bumblebees are thick on those plants when they are blooming throughout the summer.  And they love the Liatris, too!  Little birds eat the seeds from these two plants, too.

 

  The roses in the garden will continue to bloom until we have a hard frost.  I love the red roses, but this climbing rose is so unusual.  You can see why the name is “Jacob’s Coat”!

 

  The petunias in the pots flanking the front door have been replaced with “Ashley Dark Orange”  chrysanthemums.  The rusty color reflects the autumn colors in the decor throughout the house now, too.  

   The tree leaves have been changing color and some have already fallen.  Yes, Fall is here.

 

   The thought was that I would just use a bird house and pry the front off, cut the bamboo, and fill the house with it.   I searched for a bird house. 

   In the ‘unfinished wood’ section at Hobby Lobby, this little house caught my eye!  They had a ladybug house!

   I had a coupon!  Lol!  So, for six bucks, this little ladybug house came home with me.  There is bamboo in the top section.  Pine cones in the bottom section.  Not sure what is supposed to be in the middle section.  Does anyone know? Please, comment below if you do!

   Haven’t decided for sure how to paint this little house, but I’m thinking it might need a tin roof.  That will be a project for this winter and it will be ready for spring next year.  Yes, I am already thinking of next spring, my favorite time of year!   

Yes, The Garden And Its Welcome Visitors is ever changing.

 

 

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The Kentucky Autumn Landscape

October 29, 2015

    The autumn landscape here in Kentucky has taken on the vivid golds, oranges, reds, and browns of the season.   The remnants of all the beautiful flowering plants of spring and summer in my gardens spark lovely memories, and unfortunately, they are just memories.  After the morning shower, amidst the dying foliage of those plants, the blossom of the red rose above beckoned to this lone honeybee.

 

    Some of the nasturtiums escaped the hard frost a few nights ago, but most have succumbed to the frostbite.  A couple of weeks ago, I was gazing out at the nasturtiums and enjoying their bright little faces.  Contemplating next spring, I decided there need to be more of these little flowers in my gardens.  They are so pretty!

 

    The red maple is beginning to show it’s lovely red color.  The green of the woods behind the house will soon be a blanket of yellow and gold colored trees, so the red of this maple will be a welcome contrast if there are any left after the rain.  The leaves on the crabapple are completely gone and the birds are enjoying the little crabapples.

 

   We had a flock of birds that visited the backyard early the other day.  It wasn’t a flock of one particular kind of bird, though.  There were so many kinds, cardinals, some gray birds with tufts on their heads.   Maybe they were the tufted titmouse birds.  There were some dark-eyed juncos, and I even saw a blue jay.  Some enjoyed the bird bath.  Most were eating from the crabapple, but a few were dining on the sunflower seeds in the cup and saucer feeder, which I made earlier this summer.  A few juncos were eating the seeds that had fallen to the ground around the feeder.  The wind came up and they disappeared almost as quickly as they came, but I did manage to capture this little junco.

 

    The river birch in the front yard is dropping yellow leaves en masse!  Well, it is a really big tree!  The water fountain seems to catch a lot of the leaves and the yellow birch leaves are scattered around it like confetti. 

    After the rain, rain, and more rain, the sun broke through and this beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky.   What a glorious end to the rainy weather and a beautiful sky to crown the autumn landscape!

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