an avian valentine.

February 12, 2013

bird seed hearts I’m a big proponent of small-scale additions to public places. If it’s the kind thing that blends into a landscape or eventually disappears altogether, even better. For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m decorating the back alley with valentines for the birds. bird seed heartsThey’re little love notes left in birdseed as an afternoon snack for the chickadees and a bit of whimsy for neighbors passing by. The only thing nicer than receiving a valentine is making one for someone else, don’t you think? bird seed hearts

other things:
friendly gestures.
anonymous love notes.
tiny envelopes.
heart strings.

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  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} February 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Such a cute idea! 🙂 hopefully a flock of birds will enjoy your treats for them.

    • Reply Erin February 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Yes! Done and done.

  • Reply Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    what a lovely gesture for our feathered friends and anyone walking by!

  • Reply kate February 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Oh, so sweet! The other day I had an extra piece of bread that I didn't want, so I tore it up and tossed it outside for the birds. I hadn't fed the birds in years. Such a sweet little gesture, love this idea! Happy Valentines!

  • Reply Jasmine Brink-Li February 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    That's so cute! Love this idea.

  • Reply barb February 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    You inspire me…

  • Reply RosieB February 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Such a magic idea! And how lovely to know that the birds will be getting a little taste of Valentine's day, even though they're oblivious to it all 🙂


  • Reply February 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    This is so sweet! I'm sure there will be some happy birds in your neighborhood this Valentine's Day.

  • Reply cevd February 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    This makes my heart smile.

  • Reply Kate February 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I love this, I love this, I love this!


  • Reply Amanda February 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Or perhaps the only nicer thing than making a valentine is receiving one. Making is divine, but I received more than a few "you're so sweat" valentines in my elementary school career.

    • Reply Erin February 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Oh! The little guy valentines are the very best kind.

  • Reply Katie February 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm


  • Reply Laura Rose. February 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    So very sweet.

  • Reply Rachel Lawson February 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    What a cute idea!!


  • Reply Steph February 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    LOVE this!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon February 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Aww! So sweet!

  • Reply Carol GK February 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Such a wonderful idea! I wonder how long before the birds eat them up?

  • Reply justine February 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Love these, and all your Valentines too. You have a way of celebrating this day, without getting to saccharine.

  • Reply Erin February 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I'm happy to report all early valentines were gobbled with gusto!

  • Reply Neurotic Workaholic February 13, 2013 at 2:13 am

    That's pretty! This morning I saw a woman watching a flock of pigeons eating food that she'd scattered on the ground for them; she had this smile on her face as she watched them. So reading posts like yours makes me feel good that other people are also doing nice things for animals like the birds.

  • Reply Gillian February 13, 2013 at 2:19 am


  • Reply sarah February 13, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I have fallen in love at first sight with your beautiful weblog.

    • Reply Erin February 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! So sweet of you to write.

  • Reply Anonymous February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

    hi, this is so sweet!
    at this point I think it's also important to know (and let readers know) that some birds give up their territories when they find a well stocked feeder, so if the feeder runs out of seeds, they may die, because they have abandoned their winter territories for this new spot they trusted to last till the end of winter.

    so if someone starts feeding birds with a feeder, he should keep doing that at that very spot till spring! it's a commitment to those birds.

    I love your blog, it's truly inspiring! thanks

    • Reply Erin February 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Hi there! Thanks for your note. I've heard this concern about feeders (no worries, our grapefruit feeder is still going strong!), but I didn't realize that birds would leave their territories so quickly for a small amount of temporary feed. The birds and trees have already gobbled these treats, so I'm hoping there's no lasting damage. Thanks for the heads-up. Good reminder!

  • Reply rachel February 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    What a very charming idea – for the neighbours to enjoy as well as the birds!

    • Reply Erin February 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      double duty!

  • Reply annette February 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Love this! Erin you're always full of lovely romantic ideas.

  • Reply sandra February 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    what a fabulous idea. I am sure the bird appreciate it.

  • Reply Charlotte | Charlotte's Web February 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I love this, you are so sweet! I bet the birds were very pleased! xx

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