Bird-brain or Bird-nerd? Hmmm…

There is a fine line between being a bird-nerd and a bird-brain, and I fear I cross it frequently!

For example, I recently had the clever idea of putting peanuts in a hollowed out space in one of our dogwood trees.  That way, when the birds discovered the hidden booty and landed on the tree to confiscate it, I could take pictures of them in a more natural setting.  Brilliant, right?

The problem is that our deck is twelve feet off the ground and the tree is eight feet away from the deck.  So, how could I get the peanuts into the tree?

My thought was that if only I could get a really, really (I mean REALLY) long straw I could put one end in the hole of the tree, drop peanuts in the other end, and then stand on a table and tilt the straw so the nuts would slide into the hollow space.  It sounded so simple, but alas, eight foot straws are scarce so I feared my clever plan would not come to fruition.

That’s when my husband (aka, my “household hero”)  disappeared to the basement and returned bearing an eight foot “straw” made of PCV pipe.  This is why we make such a great team – I come up with crazy plans and he figures out how to make them work!

Here I am loading up the peanuts.
Here I am loading up the peanuts.
And here are a few birds that stopped by to investigate.
And here are a few birds that stopped by to investigate.