Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BIRD SEED AT THE READY


 A few days back, I posted about the CARDINALS that had arrived and were hanging around the farm.  A lot of you replied that they loved to eat black oil sunflower seeds (among other things).  That got me to remembering that I had bought a bird seed jar years ago (told you we planned for this place, ha).  Problem was I just had to find it.

So I spent part of last weekend checking the places I put stuff when we last "organized" a few years ago and found it in a box in the attic in town.

Bird Seed Jar
It's even neater than I remembered.  The lid is weighted down with a heavy cast iron bird handle on top, it doesn't screw on.  It's in the shape/style of an old cracker jar and best of all, it's got the words "Bird Seed" embossed onto it.  So I got it out, cleaned it up and bought a bag of "songbird" mix.  The bag showed cardinals as the #1 bird it would attract (the number one ingredient is black oil sunflower seeds).

So now I have my seeds ready and this weekend I intend to see if I can lure the cardinals back.  They are so pretty.

Red Cardinal, image courtesy of free-picture.net

18 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a great jar! hope you get lots of cardinals!

Dani said...

Beautiful jar - purpose made :) Don't forget the sugar water too...

Mary Ann said...

That's a gorgeous jar... and I hope you get lots of cardinals, too. I was told they also liked safflower, but of all the seeds in our mix, I see safflower left over the most.

kymber said...

cardinals are so very pretty and have such a beautiful song! that bird seed jar is beautiful!

your friend,
kymber

Laurie said...

thats a beautiful jar!!Beautiful photos,

Joani said...

Awesome. Can't wait to see the photos of the cardinals.

Heather said...

Great jar! I have several generations of Cardinal families at my feeders. I've learned over the years to keep two feeders in the area as well as a pile of seed on the ground. They are a bit territorial and the young males often get bullied off by the older, hence the separate feeders. I let some of the seed go to flower where it falls as a blind to hawks, and the sunflower heads will attract all sorts of tiny song birds who feed straight from them in the fall as they migrate.

Also, a Cardinal pair will never eat at the same time; one partner is always on look-out while his mate eats. Enjoy your bird watching!

Linda said...

Heather,
That is good information on cardinals.

I love the jar!

Casa Mariposa said...

Awesome jar! I probably would have picked it, admired it, and then accidentally dropped it. It's much safer at your place. :o) Northern Virginia is packed with cardinals but I still get a thrill every time I see them. By offering black oil seeds, you'll get a large variety of beautiful birds.

1st Man said...

I love the jar, I'd sort of forgotten what it looked like. I probably bought it 10 years ago (long before we had the farm). Fingers crossed!

1st Man said...

I like that, "purpose made"! Oh yes, sugar water, I think I have your posts on that saved as a favorite. :-)

1st Man said...

Yes, I think this mix has safflower seeds in it too. It will be interesting to see what's "left over" (if anything, we do have some greedy birds out there, ha).

1st Man said...

Thank you sweet Kymber! Yes, I love their color, like our own little mini parrots flying around, ha. I will listen for their song.

1st Man said...

I love the jar, glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment! Big hugs!

1st Man said...

Fingers crossed!! I'll have to be quick on the shutter button, ha.

1st Man said...

I'd love to have them coming back season after season....Thanks for the tips, I had no idea, I'll have to remember that. Very cool, thank you for the info again!

1st Man said...

She did well, huh? Ha. I wish I could find those jars again, I could have a few with different seeds, ha.

1st Man said...

LOL, I hear ya. I'm like that at times. It's actually a wonder it didn't get broken where it was in the attic with another box sort of sitting on it. I guess the heavy thick glass prevented that, ha.

I can't wait to see what shows up. Camera will be at the ready!