For the Birds

If you’re in North America and feeling a little blue what with the lack of sunshine and good television programming, follow my lead.

Install a bird feeder right outside your kitchen window. Install might be a bit dramatic. It makes it sounds as though you’ll need power tools, an instruction manual, a six pack and some bandaids. In my case all I needed was a pole with a hook on it. Take a look and see what you need, then go get it.

Birds have a really hard time finding food in the winter, and people have a really hard time getting cheered up.

So when it’s dark and gloomy and there isn’t even the fun of a big snowstorm and you’re thinking you can’t take winter one second longer … you’ll glance outside and see a bird. The only time this will worsen your mood as opposed to improve it is when you attempt to take a picture of the bird in the feeder. And fail. For an hour straight. Because the bird keeps flying away. Eventually you’ll pack your camera away, and upon your return to the kitchen you’ll find the bird actually hanging out in the bird feeder for minutes on end. Putting on a show really. Primping and preening and doing weird mating dances looking like something from the documentary Earth. You will then sneak away to get your camera again. Only to return to find the bird feeder empty again. So, yeah … that’s really the only downfall to having a birdfeeder outside your kitchen window. But if you can get past that little annoyance then you’re gold.


My birdfeeder where just moments ago a bird sat.


However, all is not lost.  And I don’t want you to leave this post thinking well … hell … if I can’t get a picture of the bird in my newly installed kitchen window birdfeeder then what’s the point?

Do not lose hope.  All you need is patience.  There are very few things in life that can’t be accomplished if you show a little patience.   Whenever someone asks me how I made it in television I tell them, I’m not necessarily the most talented … but I am the most patient.  I stuck with it.  Through good times and bad.  Through every dry spell or rejection I never gave up.  I showed patience.

And as with any other thing worth having in life, patience saw me through my birdfeeder debacle.

Behold … the money shot.  Which I never would have got, had I not been patient.




p.s.  Expect to be humming Guns N’ Roses for the next hour or so.


  1. Shauna says:

    oooohhhhh aaaaahhhh I see you caught the great transparent blue bird, rare breed!! Now, did you buy the bird feeder or is this made from some Dollarama vase? and is this where the suet comes in from the fb nipple post?

    • Karen says:

      Shauna! LOL. No I bought the birdfeeder at my local Garden Centre. I love the shape of it! It looks great out my window. It reminds me of the houses you see for sale on the right there from a!Ha. (not trying to make you buy one of their feeders, LOL …) but they *do* seem to match my feeder really well! Hmm. Now you have me thinking about heading to Dollarama to see if they have anything. They might have something useable but I nothing as pretty as mine. The nipple post will be revealed eventually! Nothing to do with suet. Although again … an excellent idea.! ~ karen

    • Todd@PhitZone says:

      “I see you caught the great transparent blue bird.”

      Karen, of course now you can’t ever do anything in your yard again–that’s an endangered species.

  2. Renee says:

    Just clicked on that link. Their Popoutz feeders are such a neat idea! My (empty) birdfeeder was outside for so long through the many recent changes in weather that it’s both stuck shut (it has a screw-on bottom) and breaking (the plastic became brittle). Maybe time for some new ones!

  3. Alisha says:

    This made me laugh out loud. Sitting beside my BF who is a huge lover of birds. Also loves (and is good at!) photography. And also experiences the neverending failure of the money shot. He sat outside on my parent’s deck at Christmas at -23 degrees trying to take pictures of the woodpeckers. For an hour. Nothing. Not one worth talkin’ about. I had a sad faced boyfriend let me tell you! I appreciated this.

    • Matthew says:

      LOL at your boyfriends “neverending failure of the money shot”. Good thing you clarified that with the woodpecker story.

  4. Pam'a says:

    I agree with Karen (I usually do)– Bird feeders are a win-win-win. Good for the birds, good for us, and great entertainment for the cats inside as well. We’ve had one for years, and here are Science Girl’s long-term recommendations:

    1. If you have squirrels around, you need to hang your feeder where they can’t get to it. We hung a bracket high up on the side of the house, away from anything they could reach by jumping (and man, can they jump. And climb.) However, squirrels can be lots of fun, too… Buy corn.

    2. If it’s hard for squirrels to reach, it’ll be hard for YOU to reach. Screw a cup hook into the end of an old broomstick for this.

    3. Be aware that the area beneath your feeder will likely sprout some little weedy plants in the spring, which bugs some people. You can put a piece of plastic down. You can bake the birdseed before you put it out. You can put the feeder over cement. Or you can loosen up and not care so much (my choice).

    4. Once you start feeding birds, if you let the thing go empty (or let the food get soggy/moldy), it’ll take a while to re-entice them to come back. Plus, it’s kind of mean. So be a good bird feeder. It’s well worth it!

    (Sorry for the long post)

  5. Denise says:

    HA! This cracked me up!! And, not to mention the savings on bird seed when attracting this species!

  6. Elise says:

    Look at all those advertisers! WOOHOO! Hopefully it will be quiet at work today… I’ve got some shopping to do.

    If you ever get a money shot, you should post it. We’d all love to see it!

  7. Bill Grigg says:

    I have five feeders in my backyard (though none as styling as yours), and I’ve never managed the “money shot” either. Never thought about just drawing them in with crayons. That is why you are the Queen of Doing Stuff!

    Now to go and click on some ads…

  8. Lesley H says:

    Ha ha ha…thanks for the Monday morning laugh. I agree feeders are a win-win, even without a money shot. The squeeks, lunges and twitters my cats make more than compensate! Keep loading it up!

  9. deborahinps says:

    LOL! Love your bluebird of happiness Karen 🙂

  10. Liz S. says:

    My grandmother ends up feeding more squirrels than she does birds. The squirrels are pretty entertaining to watch. My son loves to sit at back door and watch the squirrels play.

  11. Amy Schmucker says:

    damn squirrels. They eat all the bird seed. Down here in Florida we have pigeons and squirrel and doves that chase all the pretty birds out. However we do have our Native State bird.. The Mocking bird. This bird is one heck of a fighter and will chase any size, crow, hawks and seagulls out. but they don’t eat seeds. So they don’t care who is at the feeder.

    The other big issue I had with all my bird feeders were… The fruit rats. We have an orange grove next door. After all the oranges were gone and picked, they came over and ate all the bird seed. UGH…
    Other than all that.. bird feeders are friggin great.

  12. You are the most patient person I know to wait for that elusive beauty!


    • Karen says:

      Kate! It was a struggle. Especially when I couldn’t find the exact blue I wanted in the editing program. But I was patient and eventually found it. ~ karen 🙂

  13. Anemone says:

    Hahhaha…poor squirrels…
    why not make a squirrel feeder since the squirrels eat out the birdseeds.

  14. Tigersmom says:

    I’ll spare you the full saga of my War with the Squirrels but wanted to share a couple of things I have learned in dealing with the clever little bastsrds who, here in Texas, are also fearless and bold and can actually get aggressive, posturing and challenging you with little chuff-barks and lots of fluffy tail flicking.

    Get a bird feeder that is heavy enough that they cannot pull on and shake all the seed out. I was filling a plastic feeder up daily until I got smart.

    Hang your feeder from a metal chain and not rope because they will chew through the rope and you will find your lovely heavy glass or ceramic feeder in pieces on the ground.

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