Weird and wonderful habitats for the yard and garden.

Professional potter Douglas Fey was sipping coffee on his Northern Colorado deck, watching birds nest in colonial bottles when inspiration for a gargoyle-birdhouse hybrid struck.

Two decades later, the former CU Boulder ceramics professor has crafted an entire clay kingdom of bears, dogs, birds, cats, donkeys, elephants and tigers. His trademarked Bird Garglers are made with durable wheel-thrown red earthenware clay, hand-shaped into whimsical creatures appearing to gargle the sparrows, wrens, swallows and sometimes blue birds that move in.

Fey will customize a caricature of a relative or friend—just supply a few photos.

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