My husband’s mom was a great lady. I really loved her and she was so kind to me. Even if I tried really hard, I couldn’t think of a bad thing to say about her. Growing up, my kids all called her Grandma Kramer.
When I became a grandma my kids all decided that there was no way they were going to call me Grandma Kramer to their kids as they just couldn’t get past their Grandma Kramer to call me Grandma Kramer. I was fine with that. They asked me what I wanted to be called and I said Jo was fine…Carver has changed that to Joey and that’s okay too.
Well…after this story…Kalissa has decided that I’ve officially become Grandma Kramer because when she was little and we went to Grandma’s house the conversation often moved to stories about her outdoor birds…and me…my conversations lately have been about the birds outside my window.
It’s all Kayla’s fault. I’ve become a bird lady. The other day Kayla posted this video in our family messenger group. Push the arrow button for the video to play.
You all might remember that I’ve been wanting to have birds but was so hesitant to spend the money thinking they wouldn’t show up anyway.
After seeing the video, that was it. I was going to get bird feeds. I didn’t even care if I tried and it failed. I was going to try. In fact, I was so excited about it that I got in the car and drove to the store!!
My WalMart didn’t have any gold finch feeders with the yellow on them. My parents and Kramer’s mom all had feeders with yellow on them. That made me think that I needed yellow to attack gold finches…so I didn’t buy any. I did have a couple of feeders at home so I did get bird food. I also bought a flat feeder with a bird bath.
The next day Kalissa was going to town and would be at the farm store. I told her to get two finch feeders for me. She got one like this …that I am putting wild finch food in…
…and she got this one that I am putting thistle seed in. (DON’T ORDER THIS ONE. Keep reading)
I went on Amazon and ordered THIS. It looked like what Kayla had.
Well that stake and hanger wasn’t supposed to come for a bit but I wanted it all out NOW. I wanted to see if I could attract some bird like Kayla had…so, I went and pulled the stakes for my hanging baskets and put them in front of my dining room window. I filled the feeders and in about two hours, I had this…
I was just thrilled. I really never dreamed they would come and be so prolific.
I have been watching them a lot over the last few days and am kicking myself wondering why I took so long to get the feeders and actually try to get birds. I always thought there was some secret trick to it…I’m starting to think there isn’t.
My grandkids have loved it. Kalissa has even loved it.
Typically if we get this close, they fly away…but Gannon got lucky and the birds let him get a close up look.
I have TONS of birds at the feeders. At one point I counted 21 birds. Gold finches are my main birds. They are so pretty and fun to watch.
I’ve seen an Oreile. I’ve seen a Downy Woodpecker, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak and Sparrows.
These two birds with the gold finch I am confused by. I haven’t seen either of them. Anybody know what they are?
Here are a couple more pictures of the red bird….Hmm.
I wondered if it was a momma robin but they seemed much smaller. There were actually two of these reddish birds.
I think now I need a bird book.
I am totally enjoying the birds. They are so fun. There are regularly five birds on the feeders and often closer to 10-12. At certain times of the day the numbers float around 15 -20. They are fun to watch. The kids really love them.
I hate this feeder. In fact, I’m going to Amazon and leaving a bad review of it. The thistle seed pours out of it and gets wasted. After 2 1/2 days the entire feeder was empty and most of the thistle seed was on the ground.
I ended up getting this instead. It’s not yellow but the gold finches don’t seem to mind.
I can’t wait for the new pole to come in. These hooks are a little low and we can’t see all of the birds at once. I am totally in love with it…but have some to realize that bird seed will likely be a staple on my shopping list.
If anyone has bird advice, suggestions, or ideas, please pass them on. I’m pretty into birds now. Oh no. What have I become? I think it’s official. Kalissa is right, I’ve become Grandma Kramer.