As much as I love living in the Pacific Northwest there's one thing I miss from my life in Texas and that's feeding birds. I love birds.
I gave bird feeders a try when we first moved here but found it a miserable experience keeping the seed dry during the rainy winter months. Wet bird seed is not fun to deal with. I've yet to find a feeder I think would work well here.
I don't think I've ever lived anywhere that was as free of birds and animals as where we are right now. I never see a squirrel and only a few birds. I think I could change that with some effort but feeding birds is not something you should do on a whim. It's a real commitment.
There are 3 crows I see from time to time. I'd like to make friends with them. Sometimes I see them when I'm out on the patio. Of course I hear them before I see them, they're quite noisy. I'd love to train them to come to my patio for those big unshelled peanuts but I'm not sure my neighbors would appreciate a bunch of crows descending on them.
For a few days I had a tiny Junco that gave thought to building a nest in my nice pot of ivy. I watered it so she'd know if she moved in there she'd be living in a swamp. She never came back.
I do have several robins and sometimes I hear doves calling but I'm pretty bird deprived and I don't know what to do about it.
Bob takes great interest when he sees a bird on the patio but he doesn't want me putting up feeders. He doesn't like the mess, and birds are messy.
I'd also love to be friends with a few squirrels. I'd be happy to feed them but they would have to agree not to make a mess.
There surely must be a way to deal with this but so far I've been unable to come up with a solution. Do you have bird feeders? In Texas I had two dripping bird baths in my back yard. Birds love dripping water and it was entertaining to watch them playing in the water.
Have you seen any feeders that will keep bird seed dry. I welcome any ideas you might have.