Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Natural Food Sources

Have you ever thought of offering natural food sources to the birds that frequent your yard? Planing purple coneflowers will attract the American Goldfinch. Planting sunflowers will attract Chickadees. Leave out left over peanuts and watch the blue jays gobble them up.

Not only is this something birds can enjoy, but you do not have to spend a lot of money to offer something so natural and delicious.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wilton Grange Agricultural Fair 100th Year

We were at the Wilton Grange Agricultural Fair this past Sunday. They were celebrating their 100th year. This fair is always a pleasure to attend. There are crafts for everyone to enjoy, chickens, rabbits and goats winning various first, second and third place prizes, and inside the grange an array of exhibits from photography, sculpting animals from vegetables, baked goods, knitted items, and flower arranging that are judged. They even have a rubber duck race at the end with wonderful prizes for first through seventh place. Country bands and signing are another part of the entertainment. You can't go wrong visiting this fair, it surely is a "Family Affair" atmosphere that anyone would enjoy.

Here is a picture of our display.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Farmer's Market Coventry CT

On Sunday, August 12th, we participated in the Coventry Farmer's Market as a guest vendor. This is a wonderful market full of all sorts of goodies. We were selling our birdhouses which were enjoyed by many. There were also plenty of vegetables, flowers, and people enjoying themselves. This market also has plenty of food and beverages to choose from with a family affair atmosphere and music.  Check out some of the pictures we took.

The market is open sundays through October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Craft Shows

We just participated in the Fine Arts Craft Show on the Milford Green (CT) and would like to thank them for their advertisement in the New Haven Register Weekend of Friday July 6, 2012 edition. They featured a picture of our birdhouse display that many people enjoyed and the response was tremendous. The article also included the hours, types of ware to be enjoyed at the show along with the bands who would be entertaining. We heard so many say they decided to come to the craft show based on the article. Thank you again to the New Milford Fine Arts!

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Did you know that hummingbirds can travel up to sixty miles per hour, the same speed of a hawk? This gives them the advantage of escaping most enemies, but beware, even though they are little they will not hesitate to tangle with larger birds if given the chance.

Friday, April 6, 2012


Did you know that color is important to birds when they are selecting what to eat? White foods such as white bread, the inside of doughnuts and white suet are very attractive to birds. Birds who like the color black love thistle and black sunflower seeds. Most birds prefer red fruit and red berries. Check out the list below as to what birds like what foods.

Sunflower Seeds - Cardinal, Goldfinch, Black Capped Chickadee, Titmouse, Nuthatch

Peanut Butter - Carolina Wren, Cardinal, Sparrows, Titmouse, Black Capped Chickadee

Bread & Doughnuts - Sparrows, Cardinals, Warblers, Blue Jays, Nuthatch, Bluebird

Suet - House Finch, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue Jay

Berries - Bluebird, Carolina Wren, Baltimore Oriole, Robin, Warblers, Chickadees

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Because it is fun! Also, by feeding the birds you most likely will become more interested in them and their activities. Once this hobby is established you can enjoy having them around. This hobby is not only stimulating but pleasant. An enjoyable hobby for yourself, for your children and loved ones who are limited and challenged. Tell me what is more fun than to enjoy the pleasure of observing birds right outside your window or relaxing on your deck.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Did you know that birds can see colors? They have excellent color vision and use it to find food. Female birds are attracted to and prefer male birds who have the most colorful feathers.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Feeding the Birds

There are a few items that you have around your house that can help in feeding the birds at little cost to you. Take your near empty peanut butter jar and roll a pine cone inside it. Tie with a string and hang in a tree for the birds as a special treat.

Left over stale cereal (not the sugar kind of cereal) and stale tortillas make for an added treat for the birds. Make sure you break up the torilla into small pieces.

Do you have any overripe fruit? Instead of throwing it away, feed it to the birds, they love it.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Freezing Temperatures

Did you know that birds often have to eat snow as a source of water when the temperatures dip below freezing. They will pick up the snow by pecking at it with their bills.

Birds often seek shelter when the temperature gets below 32 degrees. Not only does this keep them warm but they also have a safe place that protects them from predators.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Did you know that birds can prevent their body temperature from dropping? Many songbirds will try to find some type of shelter whether it is a birdhouse, tree crevice or shrubs. They preserve energy by staying close together. Songbirds will also tuck in their feet close to their body, fluff their feathers to capture in heat and even shiver. Shivering produces more body heat but this uses up a lot of energy. The smaller the bird the harder it is for them to keep warm. In turn they eat more in the winter to increase energy and rely heavily on us to provide a food source.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Did you know that opening a birdhouse to look inside will not frighten the mama and papa birds away? You can take a quick peek inside to count the eggs, check on the young, and make sure everything looks okay.

There is however a certain time frame when one must NEVER take a peek inside. From the time the baby birds are 12 days old up to 18 days old, please do not look inside a birdhouse. If you do, it may give the young birds the idea to leave the nest too early and the baby birds will not be able to fly away on their own.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


It's that time of year when Fred is busy making birdhouses for 2012. Here is a new design in two different colors. WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE....the yellow birdhouse or the gray birdhouse. Please leave us a comment.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Happy New Year Everyone! It's that time of year to start our show schedule for 2012. Our list is tentative for now as we are waiting for acceptance on some shows. Our first show is February 4th. Please check back often as this is a busy time adding new shows.