Tweet Treats

Modern houses and feeders for our fine, feathered friends

Are you yearning for a better connection with the great outdoors? Become a birder, right in your own backyard.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 48 million Americans consider themselves bird watchers, and it’s no surprise: the birds’ beauty and energetic little personalities are great—not to mention free—entertainment. If you’ve already created a bird-friendly habitat with native landscaping, access to water, and fewer free-roaming cats, it’s time to add some accessories birds won’t be able to resist.

We’ve searched high and low for some of the hippest and most stylish feeders and birdhouses to complement your MCM dwelling. Before you know it, you’ll have a colorful parade of songbirds stopping by for a meal and adopting your backyard as their new home.

 

Mid-century renaissance
Give your feathered friends their very own MCM experience with Neoshed’s ‘type 3’ bird feeder, which is based on the company’s outdoor buildings. The feeders are finished with marine varnish so that they won’t fade in the sun over time. $75. Neoshed.com

Window seat
Designed for small birds like finches and sparrows, the spherical feeder can be mounted on any smooth windowpane with its double-sided suction cup. It’s made of recyclable plastic and features drainage holes at the base of the bowl. $20. Unicahome.com

Bird on a wire
This hang-anywhere birdfeeder is perfect for modern gardens. Made of white earthenware, it holds two cups of seed and is suspended by a 36-inch tanned leather cord. Should it become worn, a replacement leather hanging cord is available. $96 Branchhome.com

Sugar high
Inspired by the Hibiscus flower, J Schatz’s hummingbird feeder floats on thin wire and moves in the breeze like a flower in your garden. The feeder comes in six color choices, but first-time feeders should opt for the red version because it’s the most easily recognized by birds. Make your own nectar by dissolving one part white cane sugar into four parts water. The contrasting ‘stamen’ helps the birds find the nectar. $125. Jschatz.com

Room with a view
The Eva Solo feeder ball is made from mouth-blown glass that is designed to withstand wind, weather, and even beating wings. Suspend the ball from bushes, trees, or the eaves of your house and you’ll have an unobstructed view of mealtime. Eight inches in diameter. $50. Shopgrounded.com

Home tweet home
Unlike the wood siding on some Eichlers, Loll’s cube birdhouse will not fade, warp, or rot over time because it’s made of 24 recycled milk jugs. Leave the house outside year round and hose it off with a garden hose in the early spring so the birds can enjoy this low-maintenance home. $69. Yliving.com