Using glass insulators to decorate a birdbath
I watch my birds in the birdbath every day I love, love, love it so much…! Found at a lucky, lucky yard sale….AND found the insulators on the same trip out,…it was MEANT to be!
When garden flower color takes a back seat, the wildlife have become the stars. It’s been a regular Birdie-Palooza here and I’ve moved the birdbath to a spot on the patio within view of the largest windows, with winter views in mind.
Even when we can’t garden due to physical limitations or weather conditions, it’s nice to be able to see out and have something interesting to observe. The birds really have been enjoying the reliable water source and seem to appear as soon as the sun peeks over the mountain. I’m having fun learning to recognize their different peeps and calls.
Yard sale treasures
I found the bird bath and the turquoise insulators at a yard sale in summer and they seemed to go together! I wonder if the sparkly color of the turquoise insulators may attract more birds? The insulators were used on every electric telephone pole to insulate the wires from the wood. As they age, the once clear insulators turn aqua blue. They can be found in antique or thrift stores and sometimes yard sales like these.
Filling the cracks
I fill it with fresh water everyday and scrub it out with a scrub brush I keep out there handy. I noticed a crack dripping water and fixed it, I think, with GE II Silicone for exterior windows in clear.
I hide behind the curtains, jumping up when I see the birds gather there, but somehow the goldfinches know when I’m there. So many times, I’ve stood for some minutes, waiting, only to toss the camera down in frustration. Lately, after getting quite a few shots, I’ve just been enjoying them, not trying to ‘capture’ them.
Playing woodpecker ‘Yahtzee’
I love to photograph the birds at the bath and many times, Tractor Man has come out and seen me hiding behind curtains to get the shots. “Ha!” he laughs.
First, there was one, then two and my goal was to get three!
Three together in the same bird bath? How garden geeky of me! Then the most amazing thing happened!! Four wonderful woodpeckers, all at the same bird bath! Just for me, I thought,…fantastical and magical!
The absolute best ‘visit’ was the flock of nine or ten Western bluebirds that visited daily this summer. It was always the same number, so I knew that they must have made their home nearby,…maybe in the manzanita bushes.
The birdbath in Spring and Winter
A bird bath seems to be an ordinary thing, but is turning out to be quite amazing to me. I hope you have one, too!