Living Bird Feeders

When I am choosing a new plant, tree or shrub for our yard I always consider the following questions: will it look good for more than one season, will the foliage and/or flower color work against our house colors, and does it attract birds. I am a huge bird watcher and lover, so that last question is a big one for me.

When we moved into our home about 10 years ago, I deliberately planted viburnum bushes very close to our dining room windows because I knew its berries would attract birds and I wanted to be able to see all of the action from inside of our home. Today was a particularly active day; the birds were in and out of the bushes for several hours and even a few chipmunks were jumping from branch to branch, stuffing their cheeks with more than their fair share of berries. I thought I would show you some of the photos from today (I shot these through a glass window, so they aren’t too sharp)…

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Birds cannot resist these berries.

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Robins are the biggest fans.

Chipmunks are the biggest gluttons!

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The kids love to watch their daring moves.

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By doing some quick research before you head out to your local garden center, you can find plants that will bring a little bit more joy into your home.

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The kids sit by the window and watch from only a few inches away.

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Be sure to keep your camera nearby – the action is quick.

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It all happened right outside of our window.




  1. Julie  July 23, 2012

    Chipmunks are magnificent creatures!!!

  2. Steff  July 23, 2012

    Fantastic!! I was thinking about finding something for the sparrows that live nearby to enjoy, but best I got was looking up bird feeders. No good idea, as none of the ones I could have used in our cement jungle was cat proof. I shall now look for container plants with edible bits instead <3

  3. Aunt Jenny  July 23, 2012

    What a nice post, beautiful pictures : ) I love to watch the action at my raspberry bush when it’s full of raspberries. The variety of animals that come to feast always suprises and delights me. It’s a bit far from the house, on the other side of the yard. Maybe I’ll have to plant one closer.

  4. amy Renea  July 23, 2012

    oh my goodness the chipmunks hanging on for dear life — that is hilarious!!

  5. Germangirl  July 23, 2012

    How nice! And great photos! Kind regards from Germany

  6. Olly  July 25, 2012

    Beautiful pictures.