Friday, February 1, 2013

My new thistle feeder for birds


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Originally uploaded by MICHAEL QUICK of "MICHAELS PHOTOGRAPHY de NEMOURS"

I bought a new type of bird feeder for us, that is a net bag filled with thistle seeds.
This photo is from Flickr, not taken by me, so you don't need to compliment my photography. Go ahead if you like, though. LOL
We have 2 of the tube type feeders that I fill with black sunflower seeds and with a seed and nut mix.
I know many of you, my bloggy buddies, also feed birds. It's so fun to watch them and their antics, and to help them.
We also plant bushes and flowers and trees that birds like. Our mulberry tree is a favorite with a flock of Cedar Waxwings.
The aim of the new thistle feeder is to attract a wider variety of birds including Goldfinches.
Happy birding to all.

29 comments:

Mari said...

I bet you'll make more birds happy!

Denise said...

Awesome.

rosaria williams said...

Yes, quite clever! Do you have trouble with racoons or squirrels with such feeders?

Zimbabwe said...

Great idea. Our birds are very hungry at the moment. have a good weekend Diane

Red Rose Alley said...

I love to watch birds and especially take pictures of them, but they always fly away too fast. I need a bird feeder like this so they will stay a bit longer. These yellow birds are so pretty.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Tete said...

One of my neighbors used to feed thistle seed and my yard became invaded with thistles, so I won't use that here. I hate those sticky things. I love the feeder, though and have not seen anything like it. I suppose I could make one of them and see if it works with the other bird seed.
I love my birds.

farmlady said...

We have one hanging from our grape arbor and it draws hundreds of goldfinches. The bigger birds eat what spills on the ground. It's a delight to watch them all.
Glad you feed the birds in winter. It's a good thing.

Wanda said...

I originally had the sock feeders, and my little finches wasted so much. More on the ground than in their tummies. I now have a plastic tube with 6 feeding holes, it doesn't waste as much seed.

I hope you have better luck with yours.

Sandy said...

This is a really cool and different feeder. I love to feed the birds and have several feeders but haven't seen one like this before.

GardenofDaisies said...

I have seen these. Might have to send my husband out for one. He loves to feed the birds. We have two feeders and a suet hanger in the yard already, but these last few days the days have been sooooo cold and we are trying to make sure the local birds survive.

Simply Shelley said...

I too love feeding the birds,but haven't been to kind as of late...their feeder broke a while back and I haven't replaced it yet....soon though ......blessings

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this...you have a big heart and do make those birds happy! :)

XO,
Jane

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

My hubby is the bird feeder in the family. He has many feeders all over our property and every night, no matter the weather, he trudges around filling them all. When I look outside and see dozens of Cardinals, I appreciate him more.

Terra said...

Rosaria, we do not have trouble with squirrels or racoons eating from the bird feeders or destroying them. The feeders are under the eaves of our roof and they would need to be acrobatic to reach them.
Starting Over, I like that your hubby is so faithful to feed all your wild birds.

Daisy said...

Birds are fun to watch. I bet your new feeder will bring more around to entertain you.

koralee said...

Oh I love this idea...I may have to look for one like this. Happy February to you.

BumbleVee said...

it's nice to see the cute little guys even if you didn't take the photos....

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We had a thistle feeder like that, but it ripped! Oy. But it was fun watching the little birds cling to the netting to eat.

Marie said...

These are great! I have two new ones as well.

Rebecca said...

Happy birds make ME HAPPY!

Beautiful!

Love, Rebecca

20 North Ora said...

It just doesn't matter what I put out or how I put it, the squirrels get it first before the birds.

Judy

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a lovely blog you have.. I am a new reader.
I also love birds.. Every morning the finches hop around in my roses and Mr. Hummingbird always comes to visit.
Thank you so much for your visit and kind words about my art.. This was my first attempt at needle felting a poodle.. The little mouse on the sidebar was sculpted in clay, then fur applied.
blessings,
Penny

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

My dad always loved these feeders! He had a funnel and I remember him constantly refilling them! They are great!
Karen

Hilary said...

You'll enjoy the finches. They are certainly a treat to watch. Good for you for looking out for our little feathered friends.

Catherine said...

I can watch the birds all day long. They make me happy!
xo Catherine

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh goodness I need to get me one of these!!

Nancy said...

Isn't it fun to find a new kind of bird feeder....I am always looking for different ones to add to my collection (if you want to call it that) some are pretty and some just functional....I know the birds are happy for the food whatever way we find to display it...

Have a wonderful day....Thank you so much for your visits....

Gwen Buchanan said...

watching the birds are one of our favourite winter activities.

Annesphamily said...

I imagine you have made many feathered friends!