Sunday, February 27, 2011


I took this picture this morning of some of the finch that my birdfeeder has been attracting. For the past two days, I have had many eating at Chez Julie. So much that I had to fill the feeder twice yesterday.

I use a type of a sock and fill it with niger seed (thistle). I have found this seed to be expensive but the birds don't waste it. It also only attracts finch and juncos, so bluejays and other larger birds stay away. I also put out some suet in a cage for the chickadees.

I love looking at the birds and during yesterday's storm, an odd sight caught my eye. I could see a finch upside down and oddly seemed to be moving with the feeding sock. OMG, I noticed it was attached. Somehow, the bird got its toenail in a long piece of thread from the sock. I hurried and dressed to see if it was still alive and it was.

I pulled in the clothesline and took the bird in my hand. I couldn't get its toenail out but I could snap the thread as close to its foot as I could. The little finch flew away, and I thought that was that. In a second or two, it landed right beside me on the clothesline as if to say thanks!


  1. What a beautiful thing! I think animals just "know" when we have helped them out.

  2. Such a nice story, Julie...We have lots of birds around here...all kinds...and use LOTS of bird seed....they enjoy it, so what???? Cheers

  3. I love that story. Sometimes we make a little bird treat - take a bagel, cover in peanut butter then roll in bird seed. Stick in a low oven for a few minutes to dry and then tie it up in a loose mesh bag and hang on a tree.
    You asked about my cutter. I have a Townsend cutter.

  4. Awwww so sweet,

    I'm sure they appreciate the bird-feeder this time of year with the snow so deep around this area must be hard to find food.