Living here in West Texas it really never get cold enough that the birds decide to leave, however food does become very hard for them to find. After my first year here finding bird after bird that appeared to simply fall from their nest while sleeping because of starvation I started to put out feed during the winter months. Occasionally I still do ind a bird or two but the numbers have greatly decreased, which as an animal lover brings a smile to my face. As a child I remember making pine cone bird feeders and loved watching the birds pick them apart. Since pine trees are hard to find around here I decided to try something new, toilet paper rolls :O) It is really simple to do, all you need is toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, and seed. All you really need to do is spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto your toilet paper roll and then roll in seed. The best part about these is they fit over most any branch! After the bird seed is gone it is fun to watch the birds take tiny pieces of the toilet paper roll to use for their nests.
We all love summer but as the weather gets warmer the flies get worse and worse. We have a bush out front of our house that I swear just attracts every fly in town! I wanted to get rid of them but I didn't want to kill all the wonderful butterflies it also attracts. So I went about finding a new way to kill them all. I had some empty Tazo tea bottles I simply poked a pen sized whole in the top, added 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of syrup.Now I do find that these work better if you place them in the sun :O) If you want to use a bigger container simply multiply the ingredients. Make sure your hole is only about the size of a pen cap! Then they can't seem to get back out.lol