SPRING CLEANING: The Definitive How-To Guide

Had an interesting question from a relative recently, inquiring about the two small metal pins on the edge of our Mango Tree bird homes. It got me thinking: There must be others out there that don’t realize the pins are removable.

Simply put, the pins are there to facilitate annual cleaning of the bird homes.

Here’s how they work: Continue reading


eggfeedermainSaw this question posed out there on the worldwide interweb thing this morning: “What’s your favorite thing to do in winter?”

Certainly, I have lots of favorites — snowshoeing, pond hockey, ice fishing, snowball fights with the kids, even bounding around with the dog and a ball in a fresh coating of the white stuff in the backyard. But one of winter’s other joys, one that doesn’t often come immediately to mind, is a simple pleasure.

Sometimes, it’s nice to sit in front of a big picture window with a cup of hot coffee and watch the birds come and go to the feeder in the front yard. (Side note: In Maine, we call it the “dooryard,” which, for some reason, hasn’t caught on in the rest of the world. But it should, because all the cool kids are saying it.) 

I’m not going to lie: Part of me — OK, a big part of me — envies the little creatures for being so brave in the face of winter’s cold, harsh elements. I have to bulk up with approximately 612 pounds of wool, fleece and synthetic shells to even begin to face the cold, so much so that I end up looking like Ralphie’s little brother in “A Christmas Story.” But those birds, well, for them it’s just another day in the northern New England paradise. Continue reading