Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Balcony for the Birds

The balcony where I feed the birds off a large plank needed some paint. Maybe you noticed? Maybe you wondered, "Why doesn't that woman do something with that rusty railing?"

The balcony had numerous other problems - like a rotten floor and rotten support posts.

Last week we had the entire thing torn down and replaced.

The contractor who did it is also a bird lover. He had no problem with our request to make sure the phoebes could get in and out of their nesting spot under the floor and he topped the new railing with a seven inch wide shelf for feeding dozens of cardinals and other birds.

These two Goldfinches were the first to try out the new feeder after the sawing and pounding ended. The one on the left looks like a recent fledgling still developing his wings. The one on the right is molting into his olive winter coloring.

It's always fun to see the frumpy adolescent cardinals. This guy is too young to remember the old board. I've almost forgotten it as well.


Judy S. said...

Looks like you made some birds really happy! I meant to ask you earlier whether you knit that orange sweater you were wearing when you met up with your Whidbey Is. friend? I love it.

kristieinbc said...

I love your bird posts! It will be a real treat this fall and winter watching them enjoy their new feeding rail.

Alwen said...

Ha! Of course my first reaction was "Ooooh, female grosbeak!"

I probably wouldn't have noticed the railing at all if that hadn't been the point of your post!

Kathy said...

wow ,the new look is crisp and clean. No wonder the birds love it. I never noticed the rust on the other before, but now that you have this bird perch of sorts, it really shines!

Sheri said...

Such lucky birds! They are beautiful and so fun to watch, especially this time of year with all the young ones. Now if we could figure out how to get the squirrels to leave the feeders alone we'd be all set.

janna said...

The new balcony is so pretty! And I just love the silly-looking adolescent cardinal!