Archives for bird feeders

At The Fly Thru Feeder

Categories: 2sDay and Birds.

The latest feeder is really popular with the birds.  I’m calling it the fly thru feeder as the birds can get right inside to enjoy the seed.  Perhaps it should be fly-thru like the drive-thru restaurants. The downy woodpecker lands on the outside and peer inside. It has mesh all around, inside and out, and there are opening so the birds can get right inside. The grosbeak likes the outside and inside. The young female grosbeak peeks out of one of the openings. The little chickadee flies right to the inside for a snack.  This one is not as clear
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Making a Pinecone Feeder

Categories: Birds, Garden Projects, and Nature Crafts.

Here is a quick and easy bird feeder for the kids and grandkids to make. You need a pinecone, string, lard, peanut butter, and some bird seed.  The bigger the pinecone the better as you will be able to get more food all over it. This is a good way to use up those not so perfect pinecones you collected.  Tie the string, I use butcher cord, around each pinecone and knot tightly.  Be sure to use a longer piece of string so that it can be joined at the end to form a loop to hang over the tree
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How to Make a Half Coconut Feeder

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

You can turn a coconut into a feeder with a few simple steps. This is the second style of coconut feeder we’ve made for the garden. The birds love them filled with homemade suet. After buying your coconut, drill a hole in the bottom to drain out the milk.  Then cut the coconut in half and remove the coconut meat.  You are left with 2 halves of the shell.  A drainage hole was added into the other half and both were fastened onto a piece of wood. I fill these halves with the homemade all season suet recipe and pop
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Time to Make Some Suet

Categories: Birds.

The cooler weather is approaching, probably more rapidly than we will admit.  So far the beginning of November has been amazing with temperatures well into the mid teens in the afternoons.  But to be prepared for the temperature changes it’s time to start making my homemade suet for the feeders. My favourite recipe for all season suet came from our favourite bird store, The Birdhouse in Wooler, Ontario.  It uses cornmeal, peanut butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar, and lard.  Check out the recipe for the correct amounts.   Once made I put some of it into the coconut feeders. Last year
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The Post Feeder

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

The woodpeckers love the post feeder that we made in the summer.  This was made from a really old, old piece of 4×4 and filled with all season suet. Holes were drilled all the way through the post, a total of five for this piece of post, and a hook added to the top for hanging.  Then the holes were plugged with the suet. When I fill the feeders I don’t always put them back on the same feeder pole. But the birds always manage to find the feeder they like the best. The chickadees are also a fan of
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Plugging the Holes

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

We have added a new log feeder to the garden for this winter. It’s a piece of birch log with holes drilled in it and then the holes are then filled with my all season suet recipe.  There was a piece of birch branch left over from some logs I have for filling the winter greenery pots.  Holes were drilled in half way for a total of 5 holes around the log and a hole was drilled into the top and a big hook was added. The next job was to make some all season suet and plug the holes.  Then the new
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Feeding in the Rain

Categories: Birds.

The feeders have been busy places while the rain has been pouring down.  There has been lots of young birds in … perhaps filling up on food for the long flights ahead of them in the coming weeks.  We have had quite a few rainy days this past week … some just light rain and some with heavy downpours. I’ve been trying the different options with the programs I have that create mosaic or collage photos. The birds in these photos are young grosbeak, house sparrow, downy woodpecker, goldfinch, young blackbird and dove. The above one was done with Fotor
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