birds and weather
By Hilary Elizabeth MacDonald and Hummingbird(s)

Started on: 05/26/10 17:53:15
Medium: Visual

So unfortunately this weather has brought quite the damper on my project. The rains that has been hitting caused me to take down my hummingbird feeders. It takes feeders and hanging gardens awhile to attract humming birds. So the constant putting up and taking down of my lure has caused an absence of humming birds. I am going to hope that from now till the show I can let the lures stay up for enough time to establish a stable location for the birds. It is a huge downer to me that my perfect spring humming bird weather is non existent, lets hope for good weather from now to till the show. Ill keep you posted.

On another note, I have been studying the birds at my work. They are FEARLESS. The birds will come inside my work and harass customers as well as the workers. Since they are nesting they will literally fly in and pluck hairs out of peoples heads to include in their nests. They will also sneak behind the counters where I am working and steal dropped crumbs its pretty hilarious. The customers donít seem to mind though so we kind of just let the birds do as they please.

Finally for today, I went home last weekend and got to see my dog Roxy. She is the best! She hates when my brothers and I put clothing or glasses or anything on her. She will not move at all even if we call her for a treat. It seems like when she has the clothing on she becomes paralyzed. She has also, recently, grown an attachment to a hamburger toy. She thinks it is real food and wont allow anyone to go near it. So I decided that it would be interesting to get her to trust me enough to get the toy for her.I tried various techniques of getting her to give it. I finally noticed that if I whispered and asked her for it she would let her price piece go. It was interesting to me that just changing my tone would convince her.


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Project Updates
06/02/10 22:59:19 - feeders

So my hummingbird boxes have been up since last Thursday, I havenít seen any hummingbirds in the flowers yet . I ended up spray painting the boxes bright red, because I had read that bright colors especially red will attract hummingbirds. After the 3rd day with no sign (or way of knowing if they came) I decided to hang a hummingbird feeder along side the hanging box just so I could have some kind of gage as to whether or not the birds had been coming . I hope that they have enjoyed the flowers while I was not watching. The flowers I choose were also bright red and orange, I avoided yellow in fear of attracting bees instead of hummingbirds. Set up for the show is tomorrow and I plan on hanging my flower boxes from the ceiling at eye level for most humans. Along side with this display I will be making a treat with edible flower on them because this will show a joint food between us humans and the hummingbirds. Some edible flowers for humans include: Calendula, carnations, chamomile, lavender, jasmine, and day lilies. My projects main purpose was to give these timy brds a paradise, my balcony is way higher than the ground so the birds could be higher than predators or competition.

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