February 12, 2016

Impromptu Bird Feeder

So we have had a bunch of snow for the last few weeks. I have always fed the Blue Birds on my deck but with all the snow, I decided to add an additional seed feeder on the deck as well as another suet feeder so we could watch the birds up close. The other feeders in the yard are better viewed from our studio porch and it's too cold for watching there now.  I had bought some rather expensive bird seed (the kind with fruit and berries mixed in) and I bought a feeder for that seed that has small perches for the little birds and woodpeckers. I also found a cute little "sunflower" suet feeder to hang on the deck.


 There was nearly 2 feet of snow when I decided to put an additional feeder on the deck - no way to get out and buy a new one. So, with necessity being the mother of invention, I dug around in the cabinets to see what I could re-purpose. I found this disposable meatloaf pan, some bailing cord and I was in business! I used an ice pick to poke holes in the pan bottom so water and melting snow could drain out and poked holes in the corners for the hanging cord. I always have hanging hooks in the drawer so I made a loop with the cords for hanging and hung the feeder near a rose trellis where we can see it from our kitchen table. I mixed that expensive seed with black oil sunflower seeds and filled up the pan. It took about 3 minutes for the birds to find it!

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