We just love American born and bred companies. Don't you? Desert Steel products are lovingly handmade in Wichita, KS. The process starts with a milled sheet of galvanized steel and then it's cut, bent, folded and welded together. The bold colors are not from paint but are finished with a patina, a chemical treatment that oxidizes the steel to give it a green color. So unlike paint, this color will not alter or fade over time. It also won't rust or corrode. Yay. The colors are so bright and bold! Gorgeous.
What drew me to Desert Steel was the unparalleled uniqueness of their designs and fantastic product line. The craftsmanship. The color. We're not taking about Big Lots wares here. These are sculptures of quality which you'll love for many years.
I'm super excited because Desert Steel has partnered with us to do several giveaway in the upcoming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled for more color drenched designs heading your way!
Think about it. He was so motivated that he quickly moved from the open box stage right into assembly mode. We opened the coneflower bird feeder first and placed it outside my kitchen window so I can watch the birds swoop down while washing the dishes. Seeing all my new friends enjoy their lunch keeps me motivated to get the job done! When installing yours, make sure you give yourself 3 feet from doors and windows. Birds are a little featherbrained and tend to collide with the window!
We all love food. Birds love food too. Feeding birds year-round assists migrating birds in spring, nesting birds in summer, and gives supplementary food sources in fall and winter when food is scarce. In particular, feeding in spring is important as birds in the beginning of breeding season are hungry and most of their natural foods (insects and wild seeds) have already been consumed during the harsh winter. And just think: if you were a bird and finally stumbled upon a bird feeder only to find it empty...how disappointed would you be?
Tom and I visited the local garden center to purchase the humongous bag of black oil sunflower seed and another bagged mix that included millet, sunflower seed and milo (sorghum.) Sunflower seeds are a good basic food source for songbirds and a favorite of seed-eating birds. Come to think of it, I eat sunflower seeds almost daily too. Am I a bit featherbrained? Ok, no need to answer that.
It always shocks me when someone says they hate taking hot baths. Really?! Personally, I can think of nothing more relaxing than a nice hot bath. Birds like baths too. So give it to them. Provide a nice, relaxing place where they can chill and clean those feathers. It might take some time convincing them your water fountain is safe, but once they've found it, they'll keep coming back. Just ensure the water source is not more than 1 inch deep. Heated water source...even better. Who likes taking cold baths? Check weekly that the water is clean and does not harbor algae or become stagnant.
I can't think of a worse way to go. Getting eaten alive. The birds in your yard surely feel this way. They don't want to get eaten by your cat! If you want to attract birds, having an outdoor cat is not a good idea. At the very least keep your feeder away from low groundcover that could conceal a cat. Cats love to sit-and-wait and then pounce on their prey. It's a game! Just not for the birds. Make sure bird feeders are at least 6 feet off the ground to reduce predator attacks.
There are a plethora of reasons why you should be planting native trees, shrubs and plants in your yard including attracting birds to your yard. Birds love it when you plant evergreen trees and shrubs like hollies as they make superb homes for the birds in winter. This natural shelter is greatly appreciated. Include a wide range of plants including annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and grasses.
The seed heads of perennials and ornamental grasses draw ground-feeding birds and supply them cover as they avoid those cats. Think black-eyed Susan, coneflower, coreopsis and salvia. And just like us, they love fruit and berries and will be thrilled with any apple or pear trees that you plant. Blueberries or raspberries are a big win for them as well. Just find out what grows naturally in your region to score with the birds. The more natives you plant, the more insects you draw in increasing the varieties of songbirds that will visit.
Birds lack teeth so they have to rely on a gizzard to digest their food. To work properly, the gizzard needs grit - things like sand, gravel, or small stones. You can lend a hand by offering insoluble grit (small pieces of gravel) or soluble grit (cuttlebone, crushed oyster shell, or crushed eggshells). Eggshells are a double whammy as not only do they provide grit, but calcium needed for egg laying.
One coneflower or double magnolia bird feeder. Your choice. Two winners will be selected. Valued at $80 a piece!
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