Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Morning Bird House Tour

Now that it is getting light earlier, I am usually up and outside by 6am, watering the garden and feeding and checking on the animals. All of the mesquite trees are turning green. It's a welcome sight after a brown winter.I have a thing for bird houses. I can't pass one up at a yard sale or thrift store. We have a lot of trees on our property, so there are plenty of places to put them.

Some are fancy, like this church with the bell tower. Somewhere along the way it lost it's front doors, and it's been weathered by the sun, but I still love it. This one is on a post outside of my garden fence.
And some of them are plain. I bought this one (at a thrift store) thinking I'd paint it or stain it or do something to spruce it up, but in the end I just hung it in a tree.

These next two little ones are hanging inside the garden.But my favorite ones are these two that my dad made for me. He used Michigan license plates for the roofs.

This one has a red, white and blue license plate from the bicentennial (you can see the 76 in the corner). Love that! Every year a mama bird makes a nest in this one and when we go out to the barn to feed she flys out and sits in the tree across and cusses us out. I love to hear the little chirping noises coming from this house when I walk by.


Thanks for taking the tour with me. I hope everyone is enjoying these great spring mornings!

14 comments:

jrosey said...

I love bird houses too! I haven't had much luck getting birds to actually use them, though. Maybe this year will be my year. Love the ones with the license plate roofs!

Sarah said...

Wonderful tour - thanks for taking me!! I love birdhouses myself... one of the things I dearly love to paint on. The church one is my favorite!! I will have to say I miss the mesquite trees and the sage smell when it rains!! Beautiful pics as always.
Sarah

Teresa said...

Wow, that is quite the collection. I love the license plates. Makes for a great conversation piece, too. Luck you, I have no trees on my property--except for a small one in my front yard. Hard to hear birds chirping in the morning if there are no trees around. You've made your abode a true animals'vacation spot!!!!

Cowgirl Goods said...

The Bicentennial plate! WOW flashback. Remember what a big deal that was? Do you remember the wagon train coming through the state? It was covered wagons and horses. I have vivid memories of that. I wonder why.....

Maria said...

I love bird houses as well, those are all pretty cool, I love how they are weathered. The ones made by your dad would have to be the most special though!

Paint Girl said...

I love birdhouses too! You have some really cool ones. I'd love to get some more than maybe those darn starlings will quit trying to nest in my roof!

Dusty Devoe said...

Your birdhouses are wonderful! I have three sitting on my porch, no trees to put them in!

Desert Rose said...

Your bird houses are darling. Are they all used every year??? And by the same bird?

sassyglassdesigns said...

I love the bird houses; I enjoy them also and like to see them hanging around.

Kacie said...

very cool! i like the idea of the license plate for a roof!!

Christina said...

There is nothing better than watching the birds at work and play in the yard. I bet what you see in Az is very different than our birds here in Ok. Our hummingbirds our back this week and I am looking forward to watching the momma's with babies on the ground. You must go check out Heartland's blog. Read Opa's story. As a horse lover you will appreciate.

Annette F. Tait said...

just wonderful to see!
and so good that they are being used to bring up families!
thanks for the fly thru the neighbourhood!

The Junkin' Yaya said...

Hi sweetie!

thanks for stoppin' by the Yaya! Love the bird houses...especially the ones your dad made!

Have a great weekend! xo...deb

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