Hello all!! This is Christy (and Barry) from Christy's wildlife Cottage Garden. This is my first attempt at blogging and I am very excited to be a guest on Tina's blog.Tina featured our garden on her blog last week. Along with our love of gardening is our love of wildlife. That's why we certified our property as a Wildlife Habitat through the American Wildlife Federation. To become certified you must provide water, food, shelter and a place to raise young. We have fenced in about 2 acres and this is where we have our gardens. However our property also has woods and a small pasture. We have 12 sitting areas so we can relax and enjoy watching the wildlife.
We have 4 birdbaths. During the winter we keep one heated so the birds will always have water.
Butterflies also like a drink of water now and then. During the months when butterflies are present we fill this saucer with small gravel, then fill it with water. The butterflies land on the gravel and get a drink!
We feed the birds year round. We have identified over 2 dozen types of birds living or visiting our property. These feeders contain sunflower seeds. Let a few seeds drop on the ground and you'll also have some beautiful sunflowers growing!
This feeder contains meal worms for the bluebirds and mockingbirds.
We put unsalted peanuts in this feeder. The bluejays love them!!
This upturned pitchfork makes a great holder for apples. Another mockingbird favorite!!
Suet feeders attract quite a few types of birds including woodpeckers.
I always leave a few dried seed heads for the birds to enjoy.
We have many bird houses around the property. They differ in size to attract different types of birds. This is a favorite of the bluebirds, but we just happen to catch a dove couple sitting near it!
There have been many babies born here!
This honeysuckle is right next to the patio. It is a favorite shelter for the birds. We also had many nests built in it including several mockingbird nests. They don't seem to mind that we are so close to them.
Our Redtip Photinas are another favorite shelter. We can sit and hear the birds chattering from inside these bushes.
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