This is why the birdhouses in my yard are just for decorative purposes. The squirrels chew them all up. Mostly enlarging the holes, but also chewing up the sides and tops too. With these large holes, no birds would ever nest in one.
I remember being an avid birdhouse collector. I think it was in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I had quite a big collection of birdhouses mostly purchased from country craft sales. They were pretty "cutesy" with lots of hearts.
Now I go for a more "rustic" look in birdhouses. Birdhouses for junk gardens.
Like these three that I display on a potting bench in the back yard.
This star birdhouse on a stake is from a craft shop.
I stick it in the ground in front of the house. It's borderline "cutesy" but more towards primitive.
This blue birdhouse "condo" is for decorative purposes only, and gets a lot of attention in my front flower border.
This little galvanized birdhouse is a flower pot pick that I stuck in with the sunpatiens this summer.
We feed the birds, probably why we have soooooo many squirrels. This is our thistle or thistle mix feeder. Usually filled with yellow finches but not today.
This black oil sunflower feeder has been battered, tipped and chewed on daily by the squirrels.
This is our suet feeder. It is designed to keep the grackles and larger birds off.
We also have a couple of bird baths. This older cement, mossy one under a tree by our deck,
And this blue glazed, terra cotta birdbath one on an upside down terra cotta pot. The smaller birds like this one by the deck.
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