Today I looked outside my window and noticed I had several species of birds poking around for food including blue jays, a blue bird, titmouse and a chickadee that I noticed… So, I decided to go out and feed them and share some of the things I discovered.
First, while attempting to fill the bird feeder (which opens to fill from a little plug on the top) I’ve struggled to fill it just using my red plastic cup. On my garden stand, I noticed I had taken off the sprinkler spout of my watering can (it never worked well) and it happened that the sprinkler top detached off of that = instant funnel! So, if you don’t have a funnel available, and your sprinkler head comes apart, its not a bad alternative. See pictures below.
Also, if you have a corn cob squirrel feeder, but no corn cobs, you can put a small terracotta pot over the nail (if the pot has a hole in the bottom which most do) and fill it with seed instead. You can also put seed on the top of rocks for the birds as well as chipmunks and other little critters if you don’t mind attracting them as for some they can be destructive in the garden. Empty cat litter bins also make excellent storage for seed and charcoal for the grill. They keep out moisture and little critters from getting in.
AND BEHOLD! My parsley that struggled most of the summer to develop is gorgeous and delicious! Check your garden for herbs that were protected by the snowfall before they get buried again. They are fresh and delicious.