Making your own bird feeder is a fast-track to developing a series twitching habit, a hobby that keeps kids outdoors, enjoying equal-parts nature and sunshine. Find out more about the birds in your backyard:
- Birds in Backyards
- Birdlife Australia
- British Garden Birds
- New Zealand Birds Online
- Birds of North America
To attract birds to your garden, the simplest birdfeeder you can make is to pour a few bird-friendly seeds into a plastic saucer and prop it in a tree. Of course, we like to get much more crafty than that, so here are six cool bird feeders to have a go at. All are very sweet and easy.
1. Tin can and ribbon feeder from Mom Endeavours.
2. Birdseed wreath from Martha Stewart.
3. Pine cone bird feeder from Happiness is Homemade.
4. Toilet paper roll feeder from Creative Jewish Mom.
5. LEGO bird feeder via Fun Crafts Kids.
6. Recycled bottle bird feeder from Kids’ Crafts.
Remember to check what the regulations are for feeding birds in your area. Aussie natives have special dietary requirements, read this before you go ahead.
Are you lucky enough to have backyard birdlife?