Kinetic Wind Sculpture for your garden.
• Sway gently in the lightest of breezes
• Unbreakable in the strongest gales
• Will not rust or rot and the colour will not chip
Feed Birds on your Windsticks:
• Slide slices of apple, fruit or squares of bread down the Windsticks to attract birds.
• Feeding birds are well above the ground from cats & dogs
• Depending on how close the birds already live to your garden, it could take initially take the birds a week or so to work out you have food for them.
Start with 2-3 fruit or bread slices and change it each day so that when the birds land the food is moist and fresh. Once the birds have worked out you have food they will generally turn up at similar times each day to check for food. Ensure you put fresh food out each day as if you disappoint the birds in time they will take you off their flight pattern. I find in Winter when food is scarce my Windsticks get mobbed by birds and it is really easy to train them at that time of year. It is not unusual in Winter to have 12-20 birds outside feeding
Each Windstick has 2 stones set along the length that will enable you to feed the birds. If you wanted Windsticks with no stones just let me know. Windsticks with no stones will stand more vertical and are good for making a mass "grid" effect.
Push each stick into firm ground, e.g. garden, lawn, or they look fabulous in a pond or push into a weighted down ceramic pot
• Lime Green
• Sky Blue (bright mid sky blue)
- Colours of Red, Blue, Lime Green and White stand out the most against a green garden. Black is more subtle and blends more into the background of the garden, but stands out if in front of pale colours
- Mix and match the colours as much as you want
• 2m or 3m
• with stones or without stones
This is a very good idea to be able to attract and easily feed birds that visiting our backyards. The materials are not that hard to find. The instruction on how to make it is clear and can be able to be done by any adult. Having this kind of Windstick whether in garden, lawn and backyards is enticing not only in the eye f the birds but also for people who find it artistic. This can also be a decorative useful thing that anyone can have.
The colors available are also great, this can match any background of the garden, but stands out if in front of pale colours. I would love to have this in our garden as part of decoration and to attract more birds to live in the the garden. The kids would love to see birds eating and can be abe to play with them.
Try this Windstick as well in your lawn to make it more lively and enticing if you really also love birds to visit your lawn and garden. You can easily make it on your own for your garden, can also be a school project and an outdoor display in-house or in school.
I was lucky enough to talk with Kim at the Waikato Home and Garden show about her curious but visually stunning Wind Sticks. To be honest, my first impressions were that these were very cute lawn ornaments and nothing more... but after listening to her describe what they were and how they came about, I was hooked. I had to have some! Still, skepticism runs strong in me and I had my doubts about how well these waving stick would attract small birds, especially with two young feline 'hunters' and a couple of canny old cats who still manage to bring in more than a few fresh kills this time of year.
Still, only one way to find out. On Kim's suggestion, after listening to my description of where I planned to put them, I was presented with a set of 5x 3m windsticks and a set of 10x 2m windsticks... all bright red. Yeah, really bird-friendly, I thought. More likely to scare them into heart-attacks! There are times I really am pleased to be proved wrong.
Getting home, it was getting dark but I simply HAD to get these sticks into place... We used to have an old concrete birdbath sitting in a brick-lines recess in the back lawn. It has a bare-dirt floor and is surrounded by baked bricks to keep the grass at bay. About 3 years ago I tossed it out as a eye-sore and a potential danger to our toddler. Since them, I have had a home-made sprinkler sitting there. UV had all-but destroyed the plastic, so it was time to go. Building a chimney from some extra bricks lying around the property, I started to jam the windsticks into place. Tall ones in the middle, smaller ones to the outside edge with more of a lean.
The next day gave me an amazing realisation... I should never try to be artistic in the dark again. After pulling it all down and rebuilding the chimney properly, I reinstalled the windsticks in a far more visually pleasing array that, when the wind blows, gives a visual effect that brings to mind Pohutukawa flowers. I think I should have gone for less 2m reds and a few 2m green windsticks on that basis, but it's still very pretty to watch.
Slicing apples up and shoving them on sticks may seem like a waste, but on the third day... waxeyes! Yes, we have avian visitors after only a few days! It's been a little over a week now, and we have a mated pair of waxeyes who are regular guests and our waving buffet, and they often bring friends too, who dine with glee on the slices of apple, the pieces of wholegrain bread, and the chunks of ripe banana we put out every 2nd day. Much to our cats' disgust, no amount of pouncing, staring or yowling will bring the birds into range of their claws, and the birds will now happily feed while the cats sit around and stare longingly.
In fact, the waxeye pair have become so comfortable and bold, they will start to feed while we are still stocking up the feed! If we put food on the taller sticks first, they will come and feed while we are still putting the apple and bread on the short sticks. Once they are stocked, the waxeyes will gleefully bounce from windstick to windstick checking out the fare, utterly unconcerned by the humans present.
I think these are brilliant, just brilliant! I love the way they look, I love how good they are for the birds, and in combination with some seed-bells hung in nearby trees, we now have a far greater number of birds visiting us, which is great for the family members who are into wildlife photography. Being near a stream and some palm trees, we have ducks and pigeons as regular neighbours, and we can now add sparrows and waxeyes to the list... plus a few more that I can't name because it's really more my wife who's into snapping pictures of the wildlife.
Overall, I would highly recommend these to anyone wanting to do something amazing with their yard. Made from fibreglass, these are VERY durable and unlikely to suffer from UV damage any time soon, though being red I do expect them to fade faster than the blue or green poles... only time will tell on that front though. The stones are carefully hand-drilled and fitted to each pole in positions that are well-placed to give a good weight in the right place to make the poles dynamically unstable - this means even a slight breeze will get them moving, but won't let them whip around in a dangerous manner in any level of wind you would be comfortable standing out in. Another stunning Kiwi product we are very proud to promote!
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