4 Easy Ways to Feed the Birds in Winter
DIY Log Bird Feeder and Ready Made Birdfeeders
There are lots of bird feeders you can buy, but making your own is a lot more fun.
Making your own bird feeder is not difficult at all. Feeding the Birds in Winter is not only a good thing for the birds, but it gives the critter friendly garden owners a great opportunity to watch all the different local birds in their garden and city folks can watch the birds on their balcony or window ledges. Of course birds can survive in winter, they've done that for ages, but isn't if fun to make it a bit easier for them to find good quality food? There are lots of bird feeders you can buy, but it's also a lot of fun to make your own bird feeders.
- The woodblock feeder
- Peanuts in a net
- Bird feeder platform
- Natural resources
1. The Woodblock Feeder
A Cheap Way to Feed the Tits and Robins
Our neighbors gave us our first wood log bird feeder last year and it's such a success that I'm planning to make a lot of them for this winter. They are so much fun, so easy to make and the birds just love them.
To make this wood log bird feeder you need the following:
1. a log with a diameter of at least 4" (10cm) and about 12" (30cm) long (you can make it as long as you want to)
2. an electric drill with a tool to make round holes
3. some kind of not too easily breakable rope
Below I show you how to make this lovely, natural bird feeder
Step 1: Drill a Hole at the Top of the Wood Log
Drill a hole through and through just below the top of the log and put the rope through the hole. The length of the rope depends on where you will hang this log in your garden.
Step 2: Drill Bigger Holes Across the Wood Log
Then you make bigger holes in the log on different places all over the log. They are about 1" (2,5cm) in diameter and depth. In my log there are 4 holes. Leave enough space between the holes, so the holes won't connect to each other inside.
Step 3: Mix Bird Seeds with Fat
Melt one or two packages of fat shortening. Put the mixed bird seeds in a bowl and mix it with the fat shortening. Stir it well and let it sit for a while until the shortening has cooled off and has formed a firm mass.
I use the left over fat shortening from my New Year's Rosette Cookie.
Step 4: Fill the Drilled Holes in the Wood Log
With a spoon or fork I scrape the filling loose in the bowl and then I take a bit in my hand and press it into the holes. I use both my thumbs to press it in firmly. When all holes are filled, the wood log bird feeder you can hang it outside in a bush or tree.
Searching for Fallen Seeds
Another Way to Make a Bird Feeder
2. Peanuts in a net
Easy to Make or You Can Buy Ready Made
Hanging peanuts in a net is not only for finches and tits, but as you can see also the spotted woodpecker loves them. The photo below was taken through our front window. We have trained pear trees in front of the house and I just love hanging all kinds of bird food in them.
Sometimes I buy those netted peanuts, but most of the time I make them myself. Whenever I buy something in a net, like onions or oranges, I save the net for wintertime and then I fill it with peanuts and hang them in the trees.
3. Bird Feeder Platforms
Easy to Make and so Much Fun to Watch
If you have a garden, you can use a bird feeder table. You can either buy one or make one yourself.
I like to make bird feeders myself from things that would have normally ended up in a dumpster. Recycling you can call it. I had an old broken French garden table and somewhere on a flee market I found two basins from some old kitchen sink I think.
Together they make a perfect Bird Feeder, because that sink thing has a hole in the middle so when it's raining the water can drip down to the ground.
In Summer I put the stop in the hole and use it as a water basin where the birds can splatter around.
If There Are Squirels in Your Garden You'll Need a Squirel Proof Bird Feeder
Squirels and also racoons are smart, so if you have them in your garden you certainly need a squirel-racoon wrap around stopper. Squirels are known to be able to climb poles, so this wrap around stopper might do the trick to keep those little rascals from stealing the bird feed.
4. the Natural Bird Feeder
Blackbirds Love to Eat the Fruits Right of the Tree
One of the loveliest trees in my garden is the "Malus Red Sentinal" or also called the Crabapple Tree. It's a tree that gives you pleasure two times a year, once in Spring, when they blossom with their beautiful big white blossoms and once in Winter when they show off their red fruits, which the Blackbirds love to forage on.
So, if you have a garden and if you have the space, plant a Crabapple Tree, they come with red and yellow fruits.
Below you'll see some photos I took of a Blackbird eating these fruits. Unfortunately I had to take them through the window and we have still 'old' glass which isn't very clear.
© 2012 Titia Geertman