Life in the very slow lane !!

In the remote chance I might see one of the Bluebird babies fledge, I sat on the patio for a couple of hours. The following pictures have little value but provided an opportunity to experiment with the Canon. I love the zoom!!  In the past, with the Samsung, I seldom used zoom and relied on the “crop” feature in Picasa software. I’ll spare you pictures of bees, chameleons and crows. (The Canon has “image stabilizer” so zoom pictures are better than those with the Samsung.)

Hot and humid

Getting comfortable

Watching the Bluebird house

Bluebirds on the feeder

Butterfly on Phlox


Female Cardinal

Butterfly on Phlox

Mama & Papa Bluebirds

Cottontail rabbit

Cottontail rabbit

Being creative !!

Items for a platform feeder.

Former drink container

Plastic snack tray.

Two of three pieces for platform feeder.

Beginning to assemble the components.

I love to be creative!! There is a sense of satisfaction  compiling one item from unlikely objects. For ninety-nine cents, from Goodwill, I bought the plastic “drink” dispenser. I’ve owned the snack tray for decades!! The metal bracket was an eighty cent Thrift Shop purchase just waiting for its eventual usage.

From my growing library of books and pamphlets regarding Bluebirds, I read about building a “platform feeder” (for the Bluebirds). The description called for wood platform/bottom and wood roof/ceiling with clear plastic sides. In my mind’s-eye, buying small pieces of lumber (at Lowe’s or Home Depot) and paying to have it cut to size, was an expense I didn’t want. (Not that I couldn’t afford it; I just didn’t want to go that route.) Today (after the chiropractic appointment) I saw the “drink” container at Goodwill and identified how it could play a role in the creation of a platform feeder. I hadn’t been home an hour before I started drilling holes to attach the bracket, and holes for drainage and ventilation. I have my own small store of hardware items but no bolts the proper length. I need to visit Ace Hardware for four bolts, washers and nuts. (Ace Hardware because I can buy one, two, three or four specific items and not have to buy a package with more than I need!!)

I’m ahead of schedule because the “platform feeder” was suggested for feeding Bluebirds during the winter. But I was challenged by the idea and it is under construction. I’ll post additional pictures after it is assembled.  ~~  Maybe the Bluebirds won’t even adopt the feeder but it is fun to create and expense was nominal.

Postscript, Sat. Aug. 17, 2013, 3:00 PM: I’ve discarded the several items; I’ll never complete the project.  I’m moving to Texas and will not have Bluebirds.  Here is a link to a professional built “see through” feeder.


Note: Please see Baby News–Day Thirteen.