If you were able to catch my review of the Squirrel Proof Feeder, then you already know all about why I love watching the birds. So many wonderful memories of sitting on my Granny’s lap and watching them come and eat, play and even nest! I love thinking about those times and seeing the birds come to my feeders brings a smile to my heart every time. Though cardinals were my Granny’s favorite, on occasion we had a hummingbird or two visit. Hummingbirds were special because they didn’t come often and they brought new colors to her front yard. Her house was way out in the country so there were no other feeders close to bring more.
Not too long ago, I purchased a recipe box at an estate sale. It was packed full of recipes and a beautiful vintage box circa 1960’s I think. It was filled with magazine recipe cutouts, recipe cards from a bank that no longer exists in our area and (my favorite) handwritten recipes. One of those handwritten recipes was one for Hummingbird food. So, when I received the Perky-Pet Red Hobnail Vintage Hummingbird feeder I was understandably stoked for so many reasons! Of course, I had to share it all with you!
To write this review, I have moved from my normal place of working on my site to the backyard. It seemed so very fitting to sit where I can watch the birds come to my bird feeder while I write. When I was a little girl, my Great-Granny would baby-sit me while my parents were at work and I would frequently stay the night. I remember my Great-Grandpa would get up super early and make homemade Sourdough biscuits and my Granny would get up and make me her Homemade Chocolate Gravy. Nothing in my life since has been as good as those breakfasts were. We’d sit around the table together, hold hands and pray before eating the magnificent breakfast. They’d cook eggs and sausage too, but the biscuits and chocolate gravy was what I was excited about.
After breakfast, Grandpa would go out to take care of the cattle and Granny and I would clean up, then go into the living room. She had a huge bay window in her living room that overlooked the front porch, yard and beyond you could see the stream by the mailboxes along with the road and part of the field. Granny had a rocking chair and I would sit in her lap with the creaking sound as we rocked back and forth and watched the birds out the window. Her favorite birds were the cardinals, she would point out each different kind of bird and we’d talk about the colors and what they were doing. These are among my favorite memories. As I grew older and bigger, she would always rock me and tell me about the birds.
As an adult, I’ve always wanted to get a bird feeder and sit on my back porch and watch them come to eat. We haven’t had many pretty birds, mostly just the grey ones. When I got the fabulous bird feeder from Perky Pet, I was super excited. I immediately went out and got some bird food and put it up. For the first few days, we didn’t have many but they slowly started coming in. Yesterday, I was in awe as I had not one but THREE cardinals come to feed. I love the red bird feeder as it reminds me of my times on Granny’s lap out on the farm where I grew up. It’s also awesome as it has a guard so that if squirrels try to steal the bird seed, they can’t get to it! (Not that our Great Dane would allow them to if she had the chance to stop it! LOL)
I have to admit, watching the squirrels try with no success at getting the food out of the feeder is amusing. I love that it holds so much as I don’t have to refill it very often! I received the Perky-Pet Squirrel-Be-Gone II Country Style feeder for free in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are my own. I love my feeder! I have yet to come up with any complaints. It comes with the necessary stuff to mount it to a pole, but I chose to hang it in my tree.
Quick Bird Seed Guide
- Dried Corn: You can toss this on the ground to distract the squirrels and rabbits from your bird feeder!
- Thistle seed is great for gold finches, purple finches and house finches.
Black oil sunflower seeds will bring in blue jays, buntings, finches, woodpeckers, chickadees and my beloved cardinals.
- Blends of fruits, nuts, seed and grain attracts cardinals, finches, nuthatches, and chickadees.
Fruit and nut mixes are loved by woodpeckers, cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, and finches also.
A balance mix containing safflower is a hit with cardinals and other song birds!
You can win this or one of 4 other beautiful bird feeders in our 2016 Epic Holiday Gift Guide Spectacular!