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The seedy underbelly: 2013 edition
Now that spring has officially sprung, it's time to think about giving those weary winged travelers congregating in your backyard a stylish yet safe place to refuel and relax.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 01:30 PM
From perches that take the oh-so-familiar form
of Google Map pins to upcycled plastic water bottle rest stops
from Spain, I always have my eyes peeled for birdhouse designs that boldly stand apart from the flock ... or fleet, flight, colony, congregation, covey, charm, parcel, band, bevy, herd or what have you.
While the aforementioned birdhouse are, at this point, conceptual, below you'll find eight no-less-eye-catching avian abodes and seed dispensaries — most are handmade and/or made from eco-friendly materials ranging from plastic wrappers to reclaimed wood — that you can indeed purchase and subsequently use to seduce chatty little fellas to your backyard. Most are under in the under-$50 range although I was tempted to include this
seed-centric $200 riff on Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion that's made from sustainably harvested acacia wood.
Going the bird buffet route? Audubon has plenty of pointers
on what seeds to select (different birds have different tastes, after all) along with a few homemade bird snack suggestions. It's also worth spending a moment to read-up on bird feeder/house placement
tips so that your feathered friends can feast away without living in perpetual fear that they'll encounter Sylvester the Cat or another rogue member of Birds Anonymous
For even more stunning works of avian architecture, check out past installments of "The Seedy Underbelly" from 2010
, and 2012
Ceramic Cylinder Birdhouse @ Terrain
Large Wrapper Bird House @ Hipcycle
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