Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ghetto Bird Feeder

Okay, now I want you to admit it. Do you have a bird feeder that is in bad shape but you're still using it even though you know you should've put it in the trash long ago? Well that's my story...but I don't have the heart to throw this feeder away. True, it's missing the plastic plexi glass on one side. And a squirrel has chewed the wood to smithereens. But the birds still seem to like it....


Here's my feisty Cardinal enjoying the feeder....




My Red-breasted Nuthatch has no problem with it...





...okay, maybe not everyone likes my ghetto bird feeder!

43 comments:

Chris said...

Well as long as it is visited by our friends, why do you want to change it! I think it is pretty obvious they like it as it ias... and give you the opportunity to make very nice pictures of them while they are around!!!
Thanks alos for you fidelity to my blog. It is much appreciated!

soggibottom said...

Yes me to... always love to see you.

The birds visit, they love it..
just make sure you fill it to the brim x x x

A New England Life said...

I would imagine the birds like being able to get to the seed under the shelter. All they know is that they're able to get a meal!

Wonderful shots! Wish I could get that close to my feeder!

The Retired One said...

Be. Still. My. Heart....that cardinal!!!! GORGEOUS!!
I got your comment on my blog about getting together! I am SUPER excited and can't wait...see my comment on my blog back to you and email me! When you know the exact dates,for SURE we will plan something. I am so excited!

holdingmoments said...

Lovely shots Shelley, but that Cardinal is a beauty.

Great caption from the Chickadee lol

Deb said...

Hi Shelley
Ha - we both posted about our bird feeders today :-) I think yours still looks pretty good! I'm really surprised the squirrels have left mine alone. They ate through the plastic silo one I had that attached to the kitchen window :-)

Mildred said...

Naturally the chickadee would be mouthing - the smallest one with the biggest mouth!!! ha ha Very sweet pictures.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

OK,so I'm not the only one who has feeders that look less than perfect.The birds don't seem to care.
Blessings,Ruth

Jen said...

They say 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.'
That saying does not apply here.
bahahaha!

JKoenig said...

My only problem would be that the squirrel would sit down inside it and the birds would never have a chance. That cardinal sure is pretty!

Ms. ~K said...

Thank you, now I don't feel so guilty about my shabby feeders.
As always, your shots take my breath away!
Hugs and belly rubs to Scout,
~K

Sharon said...

Yup those chickadees can be fussy can't they. I can't believe my baby Scout is 75 lbs. He was so little when I did that wall hanging. Oh well all the more to love. :-)

Daisy said...

HA HA HA! So cute, Shelley! :)

Richard said...

I think you have me beat with the missing glass but at least mine is held together with duck tape and even that is shot.

Richard said...

Ooops...duct tape...:-)

prashant said...

Thanks alos for you fidelity to my blog. It is much appreciated!

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Elaine said...

Hey, this isn't bad. Kinda looks like a gazebo to me.

I just threw one feeder in the trash after it had an encounter with a moose, but it was plastic. I'm debating whether I should put out an old wood one, but that might just be tempting the moose to nibble.

THEA said...

Oh..for the birds it does not matter whether old or new!

Main issue is that they get something to eat.

Greetz from Thea,uit Nederland

Kelly said...

Hahaha.....we have one of those! The birds like it best. Love your red-breasted nuthatch. I wish we had on of those around here. I had one visit, but he just stayed a few days this autumn.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Shelly: Fun shots at the feeder, I'm sure they don't mind the condition.

Andrea said...

It has character.
Some of your larger visitors must like the extra wing room!

Cassie said...

The birds don't care at all, obviously. I love the little chickadees - they are so cute. I just moved to a little cottage and put up a new feeder yesterday. Why does it take birds so long to figure out there's food? Please also read my blog - it's about my 19 yo son who died duanessong.blogspot.com

Sandy said...

Oh defintely I do. Love the photos.

The Early Birder said...

Hi Shelley. A squirrel has recently been trying to destroy two hanging seed feeders. The only real damaged item is an old nest box with no roof and half a bottom intact...another job to sort out!

BTW..I know of your love for our Robin so if you let me have your e-mail (just send a 'Yes' direct to fabearlybirder@googlemail.com) I will send you a picture to keep. Cheers FAB.

Leeloo said...

Hahaha, that last picture is too cute!! Great post, it sure made me smile :)

Cher' Shots said...

The birds don't seem to mind. We have some feeders that need replacing but they've become such a part of the landscape, we don't even notice their age anymore. lol

Sharon said...

Shelley go to my blog! There is a message there for you.Sharon Sorry to be so short but I am late for a meeting!

troutbirder said...

Yes, I admit it. Now I feel better.

Jill said...

Those are great photos! We just started buying the suets and enjoy keeping those out.

NCmountainwoman said...

Looks like it works just fine. I don't think the birds care what it looks like...it's what's inside that counts.

Knatolee said...

Love the cardinal. I haven't see one in ages!

A squirrel destroyed our squirrel feeder. I pointed out to him that he was being very counter-productive! :)

jalynn01 said...

I think the feeders that are used the most take a lot of abuse and end up looking pretty ragged...but the little chickadee says it all... hey lady! but he's right there eating anyway. Nice post!

jalynn01 said...

I think the feeders that are used the most take a lot of abuse and end up looking pretty ragged...but the little chickadee says it all... hey lady! but he's right there eating anyway. Nice post!

Eve said...

Ahhh Shelley, it has such sentimental value!! Keep it!! Just add a new one!!

Thru Pink Curtains said...

love your birds---will they an award??? ....you may ick one up at my blog...enjoy

Susan W. said...

Stunning shots! I love them all!

JRandSue said...

Magic images shelley,fantastic Cardinal shot.
John.

Tina said...

I would think any surface that allows for food is okay with the birdees! They just love that you take such good care of them!! :-)

Jeanette said...

Love that last picture. Too cute!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

If the birds don't mind, who am I to complain! Love your beautiful photos...always!!! Hugs, Coralie

Be sure to come back and visit me again today as I'm celebrating my 500th post and having a VINTAGE BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

Marydon Ford said...

Kind of looks like a couple of mine! But it will be used until it falls totally apart. I just love visiting you & your exquisite pics.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Leedra said...

Looks fine for everybody but the Chickadee. I say keep it.

birdsandgardens said...

Cute! I like your caption for the Chickadee. I started making some pop bottle feeders recently because it seems that no matter how much you spend on the nicest of feeders they always end up in the trash at some point. I got sick of spending the money so I found some fun things to use (food grade, non-chemical) around the house. It's actually pretty fun to think up new 'designs' too :)