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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
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May 18, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Rick, most birdfeeding hobby stores carry them in a variety of sizes. We have them in 3 sizes. If you can't find them, contact me off-blog and we'll take care of you.

Rick Gray

I've just built my first nest boxes and decided to try a 1-1/8" hole for chickadees. However, I've heard that squirrels will enlarge the hole to try to get inside in the winter. In your photo, there is a protective device screwed in place over the hole. What is it and where would a person get one?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Bill - you're welcome and thanks for your visit and comment.


Great tip, and interesting behavior. Thanks!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Dawn - good, spread the bird word!
MaineBirder - fun indeed. I'll keep you posted.
Juan - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Juan Inca

Amazing, really smart, I'm from Peru, I also have my birds, I collect pigeons abandoned in the streets and heal them until can be free and fly, I will follow your blog more often.

Juan Inca


I use cedar shavings in our Chickadee boxes. It's fun watching them "drop chips".

Good luck with the nest!

Dawn Fine

Oh cool..I will pass this info on to friends and fam that have nest boxes!

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