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Bluebird Houses

I’m trying to catch up on a lot of posts that I wanted to do and just now finding some time to do it.

On Mother’s Day my children and granddaughter presented me with some awesome gifts.

My son, Shawn, handmade me some new bluebird houses and the best part is he made them with his own hands.  Those are my most favorite gifts!!  It means they took the time to think about what I like and gathered it for me!

Birdhouses made by my son , Shawn, for Mother's Day!  He's putting his new garage to great use!

Birdhouses made by my son , Shawn, for Mother’s Day! He’s putting his new garage to great use!

My old birdhouses are starting to come apart and now they'll have condo's to live in!

My old birdhouses are starting to come apart and now they’ll have condo’s to live in!

I painted them and hubby hung them for me.  The purple martens are using them first but I think next spring the bluebirds will take possession.  Eddie hung them all around the garden and in one of the small apple trees and the birds are loving them.  My next post will show what my daughter presented me.DSCN6898 DSCN6897 DSCN6896 DSCN6895

 

Thank you Shawn Edward!!

Treasures from the apple orchard

Hubby was cleaning up apple trees brought down by the duratio last summer and he brought me these treasures!!  I’m so excited!!

Apple tree stumps

Hollow apple tree stumps

Three hollow tree logs for crafting.

Three hollow tree logs for crafting.

Fuzzy thinks this one would be good for squirrels!

Fuzzy thinks this one would be good for squirrels!

I think the first two will be new birdhouses as I like to use natural things to make the birds feel more at home.  All I’ll have to do is screw on some barnwood to the bottom and top and drill a small hole for the bluebirds to enter.  Drill holes in the bottom board for drainage.  I like to use screws so I can take the top off in the winter and clean them out for arrivals in the spring.  I like to put a little overhang on the top to keep the weather out and a place for the bird parents to perch between food breaks.   I also put a short perch in the front right below the entry for them to perch while feeding the fledglings.

The third one though will make a perfect nest for the next orphan squirrel we save.  We tend to find them in the woods fallen from their nests.  If their bodies are still warm we let Mom come back to get them and carry them back to the nests.  If their bodies are cold, I snatch them up in my pocket and get them home quick as possible and feed them some warm milk with a little honey to warm them up and boost the energy.

Baby squirrels are so easy to care for and they usally bond with only one person after being orphaned and thats usually whoever feeds and bathes them.

Baby squirrels are so easy to care for and they usally bond with only one person after being orphaned and thats usually whoever feeds and bathes them.

 

Hubby is always looking out for things in the woods that he knows I’ll put to good use.  We’ve been looking for a hollow tree about five to six feet long to make into a flower box for the yard or the gazebo.  I’ve also been looking for just the right knarly stump to put in one of my flower beds for the natural look.  You will see it when I find it 😉 .