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Bird watching continues to grow in popularity. In fact, according to Bird Watcher's Digest, one out of every five Americans is a bird watcher. And in a 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Survey of the Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation it was reported that $3.1 billion was spent on bird seed and wildlife food, and $731 million was spent on bird feeders, bird houses, and bird baths.
How much did you pay for your last bird feeder? $25.00? $50.00? More? Would you believe that for $50.00 you could make 10 or more bird feeders? Just think how many more wild birds you could attract with 10 bird feeders instead of only one.
There are many wonderful and innovative backyard bird items on the market today. But to be honest, the birds only care about the wild bird food or the bird feeder, not the wrapper.
When setting up a bird feeding station, you may spend several hundred dollars for a few bird feeders, a birdbath and a birdhouse. But if you make your own bird feeders, birdhouses, birdbaths and even bird food you can save a lot of money. You can even have a larger bird feeding station attracting many more wild birds.
I have enjoyed backyard bird watching for many years. I remember my first Opus bird feeder. It was a plastic lantern shaped feeder that sat on a hollow, metal pole that stuck in the ground. I think it was about two weeks before the squirrels had chewed through one side, destroying the feeder.
Since I wanted to have several feeders to attract more wild birds, I would often buy the cheapest one that I could find, not a good idea. Many met a similar fate.
So I decided to build a bird feeder myself. My first homemade bird feeder was a log feeder. I remember when I finished it, I thought, this does not look like a bird feeder. What kind of bird is this going to attract? To my surprise, within an hour I had my first visitor, a Downey Woodpecker.
I have to say that I had put out many bird feeders before that day that had attracted many wild birds. But watching that little Downey feed from a bird feeder, that I had just made, was awesome!
With all of today's electronic distractions it is a challenge keeping our kids in touch with nature. One-way to achieve it is to get them involved in bird watching. And the best place to get kids involved in bird watching is right in your own backyard. Kids will show more interest in something that they help make or make on their own.
Begin with a few small projects like making a pinecone bird feeder or build a bird feeder out of a milk jug. It will not be long before they are hooked. From there, getting them outside and bird watching will be easy.
Check this link for more bird watching tips for kids.
There have been a few occasions when I needed something that was not on the market. When I wanted to hang a birdhouse designed for a Barred Owl I could not find one so I decided to build a bird house myself. What is nice about making something yourself is that you can customize the design to fit your needs or wants. There are no limitations to what you can do.
If you are following one of my projects, or someone else's, feel free to make adjustments to suit your specific needs.
When you build a bird feeder, or any backyard bird project, there is only one rule, have fun.
Jan 17, 18 09:40 AM
Seen in Lake Whitney State Park Texas. We have many hawks here, especially Red-tailed. Wasn't sure if this is a dark morph red-tail, Harris's or something
Jan 13, 18 11:30 AM
Small black bird with white stripes on face and long feathered tail which sings a beautiful song seen in Mumbai
Jan 11, 18 10:32 PM
Can you help me identify a bird I saw last week that I've not seen before? It was eating berries in a dogwood tree in North Central Washington state.