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  1. A greatly useful post, Brenda. As well as the last few that you’ve sent.

    I have just started feeding the birds again after not doing so for a couple years. I do so enjoy watching them from the table where I eat breakfast. I am still working on finding the perfect feeder, though. I want something that has a protective roof to keep the rain and snow off the birds and the seed. I designed one–quite a simple one–but haven’t found anyone to build it for me yet. I am not a power tool-using gal!

    I am so ready for Spring to be here so I can do stuff outdoors without freezing! I want to be better prepared with my bird feeders and baths next fall than I was this year. So bring on the sunshine and warm temps–whoever’s in charge of that!

  2. That is wonderful that you can get birds to come –even to a small patio—there is nothing like birds to put a smile on your face. AND they are highly entertaining, I think. xo Diana

  3. I had to laugh at the birdbath ( not happily, though! 🙂 New neighbors have FOUR little yippy dogs… and one day when Koopa, my son’s pit bull was here….I had him and my two older dogs outside. and they let their four out.
    Those four came out barking like crazy and Koopa went nuts ! He wanted to go play! He was trying to get under my fence and almost made it and went I went after him he was running back and forth along the fence with the little dogs and BOOM! Right in to my bird bath and there it went into or so pieces

  4. I enjoyed this post so much. You, and your readers, posted such good advice. We have lots of birds come to our feeding stations, but I wish we had cardinals here. We do have lots of (bossy) blue jays though, and we even welcome squirrels and chipmunks. Not only do I enjoy watching, so does the dog!

  5. I have several bird feeders and the birds (and squirrels) are quite active at the feeders. I do need to add a bird bath and once seeing the wet cardinal in your photo, I am going to set one up this weekend. What a neat picture! The first picture is almost funny — looks like the cardinal is looking at the water, knows he needs a good bath, but is really checking it out first.

    Thank you so much for the posts this week on planning and setting up gardening space. I have enjoyed reading your suggestions and looking at the photos.

  6. this has been a wonderful series Brenda! thank you.
    actually I enjoy all your posts. well… some of the books aren’t my cuppa tea!
    but I even enjoy your reviews! and little Abi and Charlie… I could see pictures of them every single day and feel happy!

  7. To feed the hummers, mix 1/4 cup sugar in 1 cup water. Just bring it to a boil. Cool before filling the feeder. Do NOT add red food color as this harms the hummingbirds. Be sure to clean and refill your feeders a couple times per week. They will grow mold. To attract more hummingbirds, hang multiple feeders – they are territorial. Have fun observing the action.

  8. Birds never visit my birdhouses or at least I never catch them at it. But, we get lots of birds dropping by the garden.

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