Sunday, December 26, 2010
Winter Bird Food Wreaths
Today the sweet little Carolina wren entertained me. It loved the homemade suet! All day long, into the evening, it hung around the wreaths I made. It made me very happy!
Last Saturday, for some reason, I was having difficulty swallowing and aspirated twice while eating and drinking water. All week long I have had the most obnoxious cough that aggravated my asthma making breathing difficult. I was concerned that I might be getting pneumonia. The constant coughing was exhausting.
I've just been resting and doing a lot of bird watching over the last few days. Which is what prompted me to make the wreaths.
The wonderful thing is so far the house sparrows are leaving the wreaths alone and only the more desirable birds are enjoying it.
The female downy came and ate off of both wreaths.
I haven't seen much of the downy woodpeckers this winter. Usually they hang around all winter. Hopefully now she will be back and bring her mate.
Notice the wren and the woodpecker both at the wreath!
I painted a little pastel colored basket that I had picked up at a garage sale and attached it to the wreath. I put a few Spanish peanuts in it hoping to lure the blue jays to the wreath.
The brave little wren discovered the treats pretty quickly.
I went outside to fill the feeders and it stayed close by. I have a feeling that with some patience this one could be trained to eat right out of my hand.
The blue jays are curious about the wreath and are trying to get the peanuts that are attached. So far they haven't landed on the wreath, hopefully tomorrow.
The sweet little chickadees landed all around it but never on it. Hopefully that will happen tomorrow too.
I have enjoyed looking out the windows and sliding glass doors and seeing the bright, bold colors on the wreaths. Watching the birds enjoy them is a delight!