My Funky Birdhouse

As much as I'd like to say I made this birdhouse, I did not. I bought it from a craftsman in the city of Tubac, Arizona at their yearly arts and crafts fair a year ago. He had about 50 of them so it was really hard to choose because they were all so different. I just love this kind of stuff. He had a whole bunch of other things for garden ornaments that he had also made from found objects. This is a teriffic way to recycle.

It was hung underneath my patio eaves so I never thought birds would come near it because it's too close to the patio door where the dogs go in and out all the time. A family of Sparrows have been living in it for the last month. I have tried painstakingly to get pictures of the mom and dad but they are so fast. I've heard babies chirping for the last two weeks and I'm thinking in another week or so, the mom and dad will finally be able to coax the little ones out. I will have to keep a watchful eye on CJ, my little dog, because she is a hunter.

Here I managed to catch the mama leaving the house.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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29 Responses to My Funky Birdhouse

  1. ricewood says:

    Funky indeed!This is the situation where you probably need a single lens reflex camera. It clicks when you do. Those smaller electronic photo-gadgets are nice and handy, but they have to think a while after you press the release button.Birds in the garden is a charm. I have a lot myself, o maybe they're rather having us? They decide, but we have a lot of flowers here, which call for the insects, which again make the birds appear.

  2. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜€ Thanks Jill.

  3. Dacotah says:

    😎

  4. L2D2 says:

    That is wonderful, Pam. Do you have a camera you could leave running for awhile every day? Focused on the birdhouse? Hope you are able to get shots of the babies. The birdhouse is very cool. I have a decorative birdhouse, too, but keep it inside. Too many cats around to warrant setting up outside.

  5. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Pam. :happy:

  6. studio41 says:

    very funky indeed! love it.

  7. PainterWoman says:

    Linda, I wouldn't mind having a few more of these. But I'll have to put them in the front yard. Too much chance that CJ will get the babies when they are learning to fly.:faint: I really never expected the birds to take to this because of all the activity so near. Carol, thanks. :happy: Allan, it's my old Pentax K1000 SLR, 35 mm. It's the only camera I have and it's all manual. It was a hazy day, light was low, so for the light meter to be correctly in the center, I had to have it at a rather slow speed….hence, the blur of the flying mama. I took another one of the mama sitting in the opening but the whole photo is a bit out of focus. My eyes are the fault of that. That's the main reason I'd like to get something with auto focus.

  8. ricewood says:

    But that's a nice SLR! Would be beneficial with autofocus, no doubt. Good luck.

  9. Huong Lan says:

    Wow, it's an interesting birdhouse. And I like the idea of recycling things. :yes:

  10. L2D2 says:

    I had to give up planting hummingbird garden when I started feeding so many stray cats. I love the hummers, but not fair to cultivate plants for them when they just become bait. I quit putting water in my birdbath for same reason.

  11. PainterWoman says:

    Allan, yup a nice camera! It was bought when my son was ten yrs. old. He will soon be 40. It has served me well. :happy: Lan, I thought it was so funny looking, especially with a bent spoon as the perch at the opening. Makes me want to start nailing a bunch of different things to a little ugly shed in the backyard. It would make it more interesting to look at. πŸ˜€ Glenyce, 'cheeky' is a perfect word for sparrows. They are so chirpy and hoppy. πŸ˜€ I love watching them intereact. There is a leak in one of my sprinkler heads right near the back porch and I have dug a hole around to try and fix it. It's been like that for a month because I can't seem to find the problem. The hole is always filled with water and the birds (sparrows, three kinds of doves, and starlings have been gathering there to drink. Linda, when I throw out stale bread crumbs, I do it in the front because the dogs would just eat it. I have been leaving the doggie door closed more often when I am home to keep track of the dogs and go out with them when I let them out. This way, when the birds are gathered at their watering hole, they won't be bait to CJ. Camie doesn't seem interested in chasing them at all. Never did. But CJ catches them sometimes and eats them. I came home one day a week ago to find a million tiny feathers all over the carpet. One longer feather indicated it had been an Inca dove. Nothing but those feathers was left. I could hardly believe it.

  12. L2D2 says:

    Yes, well, dogs and cats will be dogs and cats. Cats killed two of my pet birds, or one cat did. I always let my birds out of their cages to play every day. There was one feral cat I had tamed and I would let her in the house to eat. She learned to hide from me to keep from having to go back outside. On both occasions, I thought this cat had gone outside, so I let my birds out as usual. It almost killed me when I found them. After the last one, I chunked her out of the house and never let her back in. I scolded her so hard she, in fact, never came back to my house. I can't get the pictures out of my head of my little babies dying because of my carelessness. I WILL NEVER get over it.

  13. PainterWoman says:

    So sorry to hear about that Linda. Yes, I'd feel the same.

  14. cakkleberrylane says:

    Such a wonderful birdhouse! It's hard to train the cats to leave them alone. Arthur has managed to tell them, "no, no, no" and they do mind when it comes to the baby chicks, but lizards are another story. I've found several dead lizards and a snake.

  15. edwardpiercy says:

    I'm just glad it has a lock. Much safer that way. Well, unless you leave the keys on the front porch.My best to CJ et al.

  16. I_ArtMan says:

    cool birdhouse. it's good the sparrows found it. i think they think they are at the funky hilton. :happy:

  17. PainterWoman says:

    Lois, thank you. I have found it hard to train my min pin as I think she is part cat. :irked: Scott, πŸ˜† The Funky Hilton…I like that. Ed, πŸ˜€ Yeah, when you leave your keys hanging around in plain sight, it's hard to keep burglars away. My best to Sasha too.

  18. ellinidata says:

    :happy:as you can see our love for funky can unite us one more time! :yes:

  19. ellinidata says:

    Funky Bird House it is Pam!I wonder how your dogs feel about the new addition?? do they look up and waiting to see the birds too??a very cute birdhouse indeed !here are some colorful as well;

  20. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜† Love those Angeliki! Thank you. :happy: I can see faucet handles, a sprinkler head and part of an old rocker. These are great!

  21. PainterWoman says:

    I had to think about it for a bit as to how my dogs react. Camie couldn't care less. She was never one to chase birds. Plus I think she's going deaf and losing her sight. Now CJ is another story. She hears, sees and chases everything. I've seen her staring up at the bird house because she watched one of the parents go inside. I immediately redirect her attention elsewhere.

  22. gdare says:

    It looks like a First Bird`s Treasury Bank πŸ˜†

  23. Moabdul says:

    LOL really funky!:heart: πŸ˜€ I love it!

  24. PainterWoman says:

    Darko! That's perfect! πŸ˜† Mays, 'really funky', like its owner. πŸ˜€ Now I have a use for all the old keys that have no locksand all the locks that have no keys. :p

  25. Moabdul says:

    and doors without knobs πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜€

  26. PainterWoman says:

    You won't believe this….but I have two old doors that I've taken the hinges and knobs off! πŸ˜†

  27. Moabdul says:

    LOL.. Well God works in his own mysterious ways πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  28. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Nevin. So happy to see you!:happy:

  29. thesamanyolu says:

    That is wonderful, Pam. I love it! :love:

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