Every morning while drinking my coffee I like to gaze out into my garden & watch the city birds. I never thought that I would enjoy bird watching but I’ve always liked to listen to their chirps so watching them was a natural progression.
I always had a beautiful red ceramic bird feeder in my back patio that I rarely used but last year I decided I would make a conscious effort to use it. I had great luck in bringing in a few different birds with it & decided that this year I would create my own bird garden.
I have a Juliet balcony off my master bedroom that I hang herbs off of so I decided I would add bird bowls off the bannister
I have an unusually tall & thin rail on my balcony so there weren’t many brackets for me to choose from. Ok, they’re was 1. 1 bracket in all my research that would fit my rail and it is this formidable iron bracket that is probably stronger than Valerian Steel
They needed threaded bird baths. I wanted something pretty, since I would be staring at them all the time, & small, since they were near my window doors. I came across these threaded copper bowls which are small but deeper than a normal birdbath.
Last year I had a young Cardinal that would come visit for seed. This year he came back… And he came back with a girlfriend! I noticed that she was pretty shy & going out in the tree while he would hop on down the seed in the floor. I also noticed the Mourning Dove pair would eat seed off the floor too. After some research I learned that birds like Cardinals & Morning Doves like to eat off of flat areas & prefer platform type feeders. Well, I don’t much like eating off the floor so I decided to add a platform feeder to my growing bird garden.
Next was water! I knew birds like to splash themselves around in water & I figured a column birdbath would add a nice detail in the garden. I bought a birdbath that had a nice size bowl & a place for flowers.
I added a pile of rocks to give bees & butterflies a place to rest & sip. Originally I wanted a fountain but I don’t have any electrical outlets in my back patio so I went with a solar pump. The pump wasn’t necessarily a bust but my garden is way too shady & it didn’t work on a consistent basis as much as I would have liked. Birds are attracted to moving water & it’s required to have moving water in your birdbath if you don’t want mosquitos. So I replaced the solar fountain with water wigglers
I put up a citrus feeder to attract birds like Orioles. Apparently Orioles like to eat nectar! I didn’t not know that! My citrus feeder hasn’t seemed to work yet but I’m not giving up on it yet!
I added a bird house just in case it may serve a purpose! It’s specifically for bluebirds but I saw another type of bird checking it out the other day & that’s ok!
Its kind of nice having my little Urban Forest back here. I was not expecting for my bird garden to become as popular as it has but the word has gotten out!
I also have some exciting news! I noticed my mourning dove pair had started nesting in one of my hanging pots off my Juliet balcony!
The other day I was checking in on them because we had a crazy strong storm over night & I was a bit worried, but they were dry & happy and when they went to stretch their legs I saw an egg!
I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNTIE! How exciting is this? I hope the little guy makes it through! It would be fun to see a little fledgling birdie grow up!