“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” – Victor Hugo
When our beloved rescue lovebird Pepito sadly passed away last year, Keith and I started the Pepito Memorial Bird Garden in his honor. We wanted to help support the wild birds in our backyard, since North American songbird populations are being decimated by the use of pesticides and herbicides, mercury poisoning, climate change, feral cat populations, wind turbines, and radio-frequency radiation exposure.
So, for our neighborhood pigeons, doves, finches, robins, bluejays, mockingbirds, starlings, wrens, cooper’s hawks and hummingbirds we put a bird bath, bird waterer, bird seed feeder, hummingbird feeder, and some bird houses in our backyard, and now we have dozens of daily avian visitors. Our backyard is a veritable orchestra of birdsong and activity.
We couldn’t find any affordable bird seed mix that was organically grown and not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and we certainly didn’t want to provide food for our fine feathered friends that was unhealthy and environmentally damaging… so we decided to make our own! We are lucky to live near the unparalleled whole foods co-op Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, where we are able to purchase organically grown sunflower seeds and millet at great prices in bulk for our little buddies. Here’s the recipe for our homemade bird seed mix.