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18 Dec, 2012

Our cheepie little feeder

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!

I was going to title this post “A great gift idea for the bird nerd in your life” but I changed it as soon as I wrote it because anyone can be the beneficiary of a gift of a bird feeder, regardless of how old they are or how much they know about birds.

Birds are a joy, especially when you can see them up close. The black-capped chickadee, of all birds, is a smart little thing with a very big personality. They’re aerial acrobats with an unpredictable temper. Cute, yet scrappy and tough. They’ll steal your heart (along with a seed or two) in the mere blink of an eye and a flap of a wing:

Black-capped chickadee in our new feeder!

Would you just look at those TINY bodies with their tiny stick legs and tiny toes! Ack. The cuteness kills me.

I bought this inexpensive clear acrylic feeder at Canadian Tire awhile ago. It attaches to a window with suction cups, a system which seemed pretty iffy when I first bought it. It’s not exactly the sturdiest construction, and I wasn’t sure if it would work. Then there was the issue of proximity. Would the birds be brave enough to venture so close to a house, not to mention a big scary window?

Our feeder sat there, untouched, for weeks. I came close to giving up and taking it down. And then, we had a visitor. And then two, and then three, and then SOMEONE spread the news to other neighbourhood birds ROLLED OUT THE WELCOME MAT because it’s now getting daily visits from chickadees and finches.

We’re often sitting on the couch right beside it when we notice someone flying in for a snack. They swoop down for a seed or two, gently landing on the opening to survey the scene. Sometimes they fly away with a big peanut to comic effect, other times they hover and miss altogether, and sometimes they climb inside and hunker down right in the trough for a good ol’ belly-bustin’ chow down. It’s always good for a moment of wonder and amazement, and more often than not a chuckle or exclamation.

A cheep gift indeed!

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5 Responses to "Our cheepie little feeder"

1 | Brenda A.

December 18th, 2012 at 9:29 am


We love to feed the birds while walking around Stony Swamp. They do indeed have a lot of personality! This feeder looks interesting, but I would be too worried about the birds crashing into the window!

2 | valerie

December 18th, 2012 at 10:31 am


great idea. I was talking with someone at the craft show (before buying his beautiful squirrel-baffling feeder which sadly was not a cheapy but it is beautiful and a gift). Anyway, he said to put a small drop of oil on the suction cup (rather than water or spit) because it will seal nicely and not dry up or eat away at the cup. Can’t wait to put it up after Christmas.

3 | Lisa from Iroquois

December 18th, 2012 at 1:26 pm


I’m so jealous! We live in the country which means we have cats to kill the rats and weasels but just as frequently they bring me birds and squirrels (lots of those around because they like the walnut trees). I’d love a bird feeder but fear it would be more of a cat snack provider.

4 | Joy

December 18th, 2012 at 2:24 pm


we have one of those too! They’re fun! The only trouble is keeping it filled with birdseed!

5 | Shan @ the fairy blogmother

December 26th, 2012 at 5:19 pm


My girls got me a bird feeder this Christmas and I was so excited. My old one broke months ago and needed to be replaced, but I hadn’t actually gotten around to it. I missed watching the birdies stop by. Great gift!

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