I've always wanted a bird feeder for my patio, but to tell you the truth, I haven't seen any birds hanging around my alley anyway, besides that one that flew smack into the patio door.
He must have spread the word to the others.
Ever since I was a child I loved wildlife- especially small mammals. Notably squirrels. I have a real soft spot for squirrels, and my love for them stayed strong even through the "squirrel phase" in home decor (put a bird on it, put a squirrel on it, etc). I wanted one as a pet so badly, that one summer, on a family camping trip, I set up an elaborate (or as elaborate as a 12 year old could construct with camping and fishing paraphernalia) trap. I was determined to catch one, tame it, and generally be best friends with a squirrel.
Obviously, I was unsuccessful, though I remember coming close!
It seems squirrels and people who make and like bird feeders are like two un-mixy things. So many bird feeders have "squirrel guards" but I welcome squirrels with open arms and pockets of peanuts!
Fab.com is featuring a bunch of Dutch designers, and found these fantastically modern bird feeders made with red cedar, ceramic and aluminum from Frederik Roijé. I would love to have every single one to hang installation-like in a little forest of birch trees surrounding my perfectly modern house, where I would watch the birds reclined in my designer chair through the floor-to-ceiling window.
I also love the black and white porcelain "Holy Homes" bird houses with their golden branch perches.
All the bird houses are available at Fab (if you want to join, here is my affiliate link), or through Frederik Roijé's web shop.