Make Your Own Winter Bird FeederNovember 7, 2018 • Cooking & Craft
We’ve decided to veer away from the ever-popular pine cone & peanut butter bird feeder. We’ve created this quirky alternative! It’s perfect for livening up your garden this winter and is super simple. See our step by step guide here.
It’s good to provide food for the birds all year round but particularly in the winter when their natural food is sparse. Providing a good mixed feed will encourage a number of different species into your garden. Look out for robins, blackbirds, collared doves, woodpigeons and sparrows – they are some of the most common!
What You’ll Need
- A large orange
- Bird Seed (make sure it’s suitable for wild birds)
- 2 Small Sticks
Step 1 – Prepare your orange
First you’ll need to hollow out the orange. This step is very reminiscent of pumpkin carving at Halloween! Cut the top off the orange then circle round the pulp with a knife and scoop out anything that remains with a spoon – this bit should probably be left to the adults!
Step 2 – Make somewhere for the birds to sit
Next we’re going to make somewhere for the birds to sit while they dine. Pierce a hole in the bottom of the orange using a sharp pencil then feed the stick all the way through. Repeat this step with your second stick, positioning it so the two sticks make a cross.
Step 3 – Fill your bird feeder with treats
Fill your bird feeder with seed, make sure you pack it in nice and tight to fit as much in as possible.
Step 4 – Hang your bird feeder
Now tie a piece of sting to all four ends of the sticks and then tie them all together with a knot so you can hang your bird feeder.
Your bird feeder is ready! Wait for the birds to come and enjoy the feast you’ve laid out for them!
Who knows you may even find yourself with a keen birdwatcher on your hands! It could even become a fun activity for the whole family. Just get a pair of wellies and a waterproof jacket and see how many species you can find. Click here for more play ideas for your brave explorers. Have fun!