I’m a little bit geeky when it comes to my birdfeeder. When I first built it, I was super disappointed that it took a whole month for the birds to find the feeder. But when they finally did, I spent a lot of time watching them through the dining room window. And the novelty hasn’t worn off yet. It’s become a winter tradition for me.
This year, I wanted to make installing the birdfeeder just a little bit easier. Unscrewing the feeder from its base and hammering the pole into the ground was a bit too much effort–and we ended up breaking one of the brackets off the post last year.
Not the best approach. So the post went to my cousin’s for repair, and I went to work.
I found a length of pipe–because we just happen to have things like that lying around here–and cut a 16 inch section.
Then, I used a very narrow shovel–since we don’t have a posthole digger lying around–to dig a 16 inch deep hole.
The object of the game was to have the top of the pipe level with the ground so that the lawnmower can drive right over it.
I carefully backfilled around the pipe (not in the pipe), and then my sidekick inspected to make sure everything was as it should be.
When the repaired birdfeeder post returned to the farm, I slid it into the sleeve–perfect fit.
I screwed the feeder into place, stocked it up with seed and waited for customers.
This year, it took just a couple of days for the birds to find the feeder. The chickadees were first as usual. I’ve also seen juncos, a woodpecker and a pair of blue jays (small consolation for not seeing the other Jays now that they’ve been knocked out of the baseball playoffs 😦 ).
Who else enjoys bird watching? Do you have a feeder at your house? What birds do you see in your neighbourhood?