Archive for the 'Bird Houses' Category

Therapeutic Value of chimes

August 2, 2011
Author: Miagro2000

It did not take me long to find evidence of the therapeutic value of wind chimes.  Although I have benefited from it for many years, I was astounded by the many uses for chimes in the cause of therapy.  For example, the excerpt that I found today about a European Hospital;

Kay O’Keeffe, Director of Nursing at St. Olivers said “Many of our residents suffer from Parkinsons disease, Alzheimers disease or the effects of strokes or arthritis.  As mental functions decline with many of these conditions people operate more on a sensory level.  Positive sensory stimulation in the form of smell, touch, colour, sound of garden insects & birds or the wind blowing chimes is of enormous therapeutic value to these residents.  The gardens also provide memories from the past in what is now known as reminiscence therapy”.

Some of the comments from residents and family members include “it is magical to see the beautiful birds and colourful butterflies congregate in the garden”, “the garden helps to calm me when I become uptight”

It never ceases to amaze me how our mind and our senses are so intertwined with the natural healing process.  The power of wind chimes.

Flying the coup

July 23, 2011
Author: Miagro2000

I just ran across a bamboo wind chime with a mama bird watching over her nest.  It reminded me of a bird family that would always build their nest on the outside sill of my parents house.  Year after year the nest would be built there and we could watch as the babies grew.  I especially liked to watch them as they were being fed.  The delivery of the meal would arrive and the open mouths would all be pointed to the sky.  This would fascinate me for days until all of a sudden, I would look out the window to an empty nest.

This year, I visited my Father who still lives in that house.  I had missed the activities of my favorite bird family, but I did see the nest.  The babies had all flown the coup, but I stopped to ponder the activities that led up to this years empty nest…  and smiled.

Let’s find us a nice place to relax and eat…

October 29, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

All the time, there is variety of chirps coming from the new Bed and Breakfast Bird House hanging from my oak tree. Sure, I see some crows hanging around my apple tree and a couple of wrens pecking and cleaning each other on my wall, but I’m always interested to see who’s moved in and made the bird house all theirs. I’m not sure yet, it could be bluebirds according to my kids and robins according to my wife. The main thing is, it’s such nice sounds to wake up to in the morning. Maybe, it’s a couple of song birds of a different feather, I just won’t know till I get my own look. I really like my bird house, but there are many to choose from where I got mine!

Got Mosquitoes

September 26, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

Our neighbor put up a couple of Purple Martin Houses in his back yard.  It was a pretty big project and all of us kids were very entertained watching them working at it.

They used huge poles that reached way up high into the air. 

But, it worked!  Purple Martins actually moved in very soon after the poles with the double decked houses were standing erect.

I don’t think the neighbors were satisfied though.  They expected the Martins to take care of the mosquito problem in their back yard.  We lived near a river and there were a lot of marshy areas all around the town, so mosquitoes were always a huge nuisance.

But the birds seemed happy.  They were always well fed because mosquitoes were always plentiful.

Unique Houses

September 15, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

 

We have always enjoyed bird watching.  We have many trees in our neighborhood and have several creative birdhouses in the yard around our house.  We found we really like coming up with new ideas for unusual birdhouses.  We have an ongoing competition to see who can come up with the most unique birdhouse or the most decorative birdhouse.

Some of the ideas are really inspirational, but there have been some that have been real doozeys!  I doubt that even bugs would want to live in them.  So far, we have only hung or put up the winners of our little contests.

Lincoln Logs

September 13, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

Log Cabin Birdhouses

My friend built a log cabin bird house out of Lincoln Logs and put it in a tree.  The birds built houses on both sides of the log cabin bird house but never moved into the one he built.  Maybe they didn’t like the fireplace.

Favorite Homes

September 12, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

 

We have many birdhouses in our back yard.  Some are fancy birdhouses with pretty designs and some are rustic birdhouses with just the wooden sides and perches.

I have noticed that many birds would rather live in plain wooden bird houses rather than in painted birdhouses.

Maybe the painted birdhouses smell like paint and it keeps the birds away?

We had a painted birdhouse that was on a pole in our back yard.  We put it up in the early spring so it would be there in time for the baby birds to arrive but no birds lived in it the whole summer.  With the snow and winter weather, the paint faded away.  The next spring a family of birds did build a nest in it.

Fancy Birdhouses

September 4, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

I went to a house to do some work for the owner.  He was a wealthy man and the house was an old Victorian style with a large wrap-around porch, shutters and all the  trimmings.

The thing that really impressed me was the wooden Victorian birdhouse he had in the yard.  It was an exact replica of the house.  It was painted in the same colors and even had the same wrap-around porch.  I was impressed!  The birdhouse was bigger than my bathroom in my house!

What lucky birds to be living in a fancy birdhouse like that!  I wonder if the birds that live in that fancy birdhouse have attitudes?  I wonder if they get fed exotic imported worms or birdfeed?

Birdhouses

September 3, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

Where we lived there were lots of trees and lots of different species of birds.  My neighbor was an older man from Norway.  He had a beautiful yard with many trees and flowers.  There was a big white cat that used to walk around our street.  I liked cats and used to pet it whenever I saw it.

My neighbor used to aim the garden hose at the cat when he saw it.  I asked him why he did that and he told me that the cat had killed a whole family of Cardinals that had a nest across the street.

I believe strongly in hanging bird houses since then.  If the Cardinals had been living in a birdhouse the cat would not have been able to get to them and they would have been safe.

Duck Houses

September 1, 2010
Author: Miagro2000

Wooden Bird Houses

 There are actually houses made for ducks.  I know a man who has a lot of wooden bird houses, intended for Wood Ducks in the trees in back of his house.

He is a member of some non-profit organization that says they want to make sure there are always lots of ducks.  I thought that was really great because I am a big animal lover and like the idea of protecting any living creature.  It turned out they only want plenty of ducks because they like to hunt them.  Ducks Beware!