birdland.

January 31, 2013

house finch on grapefruit feeder

house finch on grapefruit feeder

house finch on grapefruit feeder

house finch on grapefruit feeder

chickadee on grapefruit feeder

house finches on grapefruit feeder
Friends, they have finally arrived. Yesterday afternoon I was crunched in front of my computer putting the finishing touches on a workshop that I’m giving today back in Providence when there was a sudden swell in the birdsong that typically accents my afternoon writing sessions. A shadow swooped in front of my window and when I peered out I saw not one, or two, or even three, but four house finches lined on my window sill waiting their turn at my makeshift feeder. I snatched at my camera and snapped these shots through our closed window, my little country heart full to bursting. Happiest wannabe birdwatcher in all of Brooklyn.

Now, how cute is that chickadee?

Details on making your own feeder, here.

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37 Comments

  • Reply slip4 January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I love your grapefruit (orange?) bird feeder! Great idea.

  • Reply Karin - The F Girl January 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    What a great bird feeder. Fun idea. And oh, that little red head. Too cute!

    Yesterday, in between loads of rain fall, the birds seemed to go totally ballistic in our garden. They chattered and sang like they were trying to convince us all that Spring was coming. I believe them. I so want to believe them 🙂

  • Reply anabela / fieldguided January 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This is so sweet!

    It brought back a memory of something that I had forgotten about. Years ago I was so excited to set up a bird feeder outside my second floor window, only to have to take it down after a few days because too many pigeons were hanging out on the ledge (moochers!). Opening my bedroom door to see a pigeon eye staring back at me was so creepy.

    • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Oh boy. Agreed. Not sure I need any more pigeon friends!

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} January 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I love that last photo! Two Finch friends sharing a meal. So sweet! 🙂

  • Reply jacquelyn | lark&linen January 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This is amazing!! Do you think birds will come join me if i'm all the way up on the 10th floor? I could use some daytime friends!

    • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Maybe! It took the birds about two weeks to find this little guy!

  • Reply Diana January 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    brilliant idea! this is so cool. 🙂

  • Reply Molly January 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    This is so great! I've been thinking about getting a bird feeder for the fire escape outside my apartment and yours fits the bill perfectly. I think I'll have to make a little weekend project out of it.

    • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Hope you do! Would love to see pictures!

  • Reply RosieB January 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    You know, I think these might be my favourite photos I've EVER come across on a blog! Too, too gorgeous! So much love for your blog Erin, it really is wonderful.

    Rosie
    http://www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

  • Reply Emily January 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    What a lovely bird feeder! And how lucky are you that you have that to look out on while you're writing! We have a cat, otherwise I'd try to recreate the same out my window in Dublin.

  • Reply Katie January 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    We've had so much fun making birdseed ornaments and filling our feeders this winter and watching the birds come and go. This is just perfect – my little ones will love making these (and I will too, for that matter!)

  • Reply Chloe Moon January 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    One day I will have a birdfeeder because this is just too cute!! I would love to watch the birdies play and eat! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • Reply Jennifer Allison January 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    oh, sweet success! 🙂

  • Reply Libellula Jewelry January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I wish that I could have feeders nearer to my windows but my cat would sit inside and torment the birds; so, they will have to keep enjoying the feeders that hang from our trees.

  • Reply Rachel Lawson January 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    This is a great idea!! I'm gonna have to try it!

    xo
    Rachel

  • Reply thenerdykatie January 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    That is an amazing idea! I need to set one up outside my window. I have a rose bush outside of it that the blue jays love to play in now.

    • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      We see bluejays in our neighbors' trees, but none at our feeder yet! (They're so big they might make it crash)!

  • Reply My Little Bungalow January 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Yay, they came! I love chickadees. They are precious.

  • Reply sweet harvest moon January 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Love watching birds around our feeder too 🙂

  • Reply LARY @InspirationNook January 31, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    How cute!!!!

  • Reply teeny February 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    honestly, how beautiful are your photographs?! incredible.

    birdfeeder is cute too 🙂

    mylettchronicals

    • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      thanks, teeny! i was so happy they came out!

  • Reply puntila February 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Now I hate my two cats.. No birds "knock at my windows" when they are around.. And I have a small birds house!

  • Reply alissa February 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    So cute! Love that feeder. I wish I had a feeder at my apartment. I will have to look into this.

    • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Grapefruit for breakfast, feeder by lunch!

  • Reply Alaena February 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Adorable 🙂

  • Reply winterowls.com February 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    What a fabulous thrifty idea, you're very clever!

  • Reply marie February 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Oh I love this! I'm going to make my own this weekend!

  • Reply Erin February 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    If you guys make feeders, I'd love to see your pictures!

  • Reply PJ February 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

    The chickadee is my favorite, too! I'm going to have to copy this idea.

  • Reply Finance Girl February 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    these pictures are so … precious? im not sure what word to use but it warms my heart. my apartment faces the west side highway so i dont see many birds but my alarm clock in the morning are of chirping birds!

  • Reply Bee Girl February 7, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Super, super cute! Thanks for feeding the birds!

  • Reply Judy February 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Adorável, ótima idéia!

  • Reply Inge February 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I love bird watching! Looking at those tiny critters just fills my heart with joy. You snapped some great photos!

  • Reply Luisella Rosa January 31, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Here it is my orange-bird-feeder:
    http://unpiccologiardino.blogspot.it/2014/01/datemi-unaranciane-faro-una-mangiatoia.html
    Thank you Erin!
    Ciao!

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