Mini Wreath Made From REAL Bird Eggs

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We have a big purple martin bird house in our yard and most of the ‘apartments’ are occupied with nests. However, during our nest check (daily or every other day), we noticed some house sparrows trying to build nests in one of the apartments.  
 
 For those that don’t know about the house sparrow, they are invasive & will try to kill purple martin eggs/babies.  So every time we found a house sparrow nest, we removed it. However, a few times Mrs Sparrow apparently was in a hurry to build her nest to lay an egg.  Since we do not want any more house sparrows, we removed the nest & egg (if any).  Of course, being the crafty person I am, I saved the eggs for a craft project I had in mind. 
 
In a couple of the purple martin nests, there were some eggs that were unhatched (well after all the other eggs hatched). So we removed them.
 
The branches are off of our gardenia bush, and the dried flower bits are from our wildseed flower garden, I believe that they are the bodies of Bachleor Buttons.  I had these mini birds in my stash from YEARS ago & just came across them recently so … WAHLA… my mini bird egg wreath!   The whole thing measures about 5″.  I adhered some magnets to the back & put it on my fridge so we can look at it all the time!
 
 
bird egg wreath

bird egg wreath

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DIY Bird feeder

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We’ve had this book , The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible, for quite some time. I pick it up occassionally & look through it for ideas for feeders or recipes for suet to help attract different birds to our yard. We have a nature photography blog if you’d like to see what kind of birds I’m talking about.

So this weekend I finally got motivated to make this feeder for the Tufted Titmouse that keeps coming to our mealworm feeder (that we had out for the Bluebirds). Haven’t seen either of the two Titmouses visit my new feeder, but hopefully they will soon!  All supplies were stuff we had lying around the garage/yard. Cost= $0.00 –who wouldn’t like THAT??

 

Titmouse bird feeder DIY

Titmouse bird feeder DIY

Houston WINTER BLAST 2011

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You would think that title would be a party announcement. Uh, yeah, no. Houston was to get a big SNOW STORM, but only got an ice storm on Friday, Feb 4th. Why don’t people learn? SLOW DOWN in bad weather! Let alone, you’ve NEVER driven in ice, so DON”T drive when it’s iced.  All the kids were sad that they didn’t get to play in the snow. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Houston Ice Storm Feb 4, 2011

Houston Ice Storm Feb 4, 2011

Hand feeding a Monarch butterfly

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If you clicked on the link from the frog surgery story, then you went to our nature/photography blog. We raise butterflies in our yard, and for some bizarre reason we had some Monarchs not take their journey to Mexico & laid eggs on our milkweed, which had caterpillars, then turn to chrysalis and now in the cold of Houston’s winter, they are all hatching (eclosing is the proper term, but you’ll see I am not the technical person – the other blog is).

So because the Monarchs are hatching in February and Houston has had a week of below freezing temps, they won’t make it outside so we have to hand feed them. This is just one of the 5 Monarchs we have had to hand feed. The bowl has cotton balls soaked in grape Juicy Juice. They LOVE it. It’s like butterfly crack!  If we have to feed them more than 1x while in the house, they get the hang of drinking right away, otherwise I have to grab/pull their tongue (probiscus) out with a toothpick so they get the taste. A few of them have sat and drank for at least a minute (which is a lot of time in butterfly time).

February 2011 Monarch feeding on Juicy Juice

February 2011 Monarch feeding on Juicy Juice

Frog leg surgery today

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Well, I was to get a medical procedure done today, but yadda yadda yadda, it didn’t happen after 3 hours at the hospital. So when we got home we found a poor tree frog that apparently got his leg stuck (kinda caused by me yesterday–unintentionally of course). So ….I got to play veterinarian today. See photos and read more about it here. BTW, I named him JACK (as in Jack Frost since its suppose to snow here in Houston tonight).

tree frog

tree frog