Thanks to your purchases in the month of December 2022, we were able to donate $500 to the Austin Parks Foundation. Our newest candle collection pays homage to common Texas birds - like the mohawked woodpecker & nefarious grackle. Scroll down to learn about each bird in the collection hopefully you will start to recognize the familiar flappers in your neighborhoods.
The Downy Woodpecker
This woodpecker is on on the smaller side compared to other woodpeckers, colored in a black and white pattern with a distinct red mohawk. These guys are known for drumming on trees so you are more likely to hear them before you see them. Most people think that woodpeckers drum in order to dig for food, but it's actually a percussive form of communication. I guess not all birds sing. Some prefer to beatbox!
The Downy Woodpecker Candle includes a mix of various woods. You will detect notes of sandalwood, amber, balsam fir, cedarwood, balsam fir, frankincense, and rosemary.
The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
This bird is positively holographic if you see it in the right light. They are so small and fast moving that you could miss them at a few feet away. They are incredibly agile like dragonflies... helicopter-y is the best word I can think of. I'm not a bird expert lol but that's how it looks to me when they visit our backyard.
The Ruby Throated Hummingbird Candle uses a variety of nectary flowers that hummingbirds commonly feed on. You will detect notes of lantana, salvia, bergamot, fig, and ylang-ylang.
The Great-Tailed Grackle
All black, with blue and purple tint, and a great big tail trailing behind. If you live in Texas, then you know these guys like to congregate in neighborhoods in the evening. When I moved to Texas in 2014, I remember going to HEB for the first time and there was a huuuuge flock roosting in the parking lot. It was like the Alfred Hitchcock movie. In Texas's Rio Grande Valley... there are roosts with half a million grackles during the winter-time. Soak in that number.
The Great-Tailed Grackle Candle is our ode to Austin. This bird is iconic when you stop to think about it. We tried to capture the iridescence of the grackle's foliage. You'll detect notes of lavender, grapefruit, clary sage, and patchouli.
The Pine Warbler
These birds feed on fruits, pine seeds, millet, and other similar foods. The golden foliage is striking but they are small and fast, so very easy to miss. Pine warblers eat more seeds than other warblers. And they stay in the Unites States during winter, whereas most other warblers jet further south in search of warmth.
The Pine Warbler Candle came about as our holiday candle. We wanted to honor a bird that visits Texas during the colder season. You'll detect notes of balsam fir, clary sage, fir needle, grapefruit lavender, pine needles, and peppermint.
I love how bright and bold birds can be. We bought this field guide created by Stan Tekiela for identification and it's pretty useful. It's organized by color - so you can quickly spot a bird and flip to the area of the book where it can be identified. 101/10 would recommend if you are interested.