We're Queen and Dave, hence Q.D. Loon (loon being our favorite bird on our pond) and we have been married over 40 years.
We have two children and two grandchildren and a bouncy Border Collie named Moxie. We enjoy our summers at our camp on Georges Pond in Franklin, Maine. Hopefully some day we will retire there for the summers. That is where this all started.
The beginning of the repurposed bird feeders happened after Queen had an idea about a feeder made from a coffee pot. So one night at camp the first repurposed bird feeder was constructed. From that point, there have been several improvements and additions including copper and aluminum teapots and canisters.
The only new materials is the hardware cloth, rivets and chain. Since that night, it became a hobby not only to make feeders for our friends, but to collect the pots and canisters from yard sales, junk and antique stores. It is like a treasure hunt that never ends. Just when we find the perfect pot or canister, we find another and another. So over the last two Maine winters, which can start in October and last until May, we have produced over 1,000 feeders which we have sold at various craft fairs in Maine and at several stores including Perry's Nut House in Belfast, Maine.
The feeders are designed for black oil sunflower seeds. The tea and coffee pots have a hole in the spout and is sealed in the inside to keep water from entering the feeder. The tray, often made out of a pie pan or pot lid have holes in them so that water does not collect.
Two things you need to remember about the feeders, squirrels can get on them and they do not hold up to bears. We have had both at the camp and a bear completely destroyed a feeder and it could not be repaired. The feeders do, at least in Maine, attract Cardinals, Nuthatches, Blue Jays, Chickadees ( Maine's state bird), Goldfinch, Titmouse Birds and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks among others.
We're glad you stopped by and we hope our bird feeders bring a little bit of the Maine feeling to your yard.