Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pop Bottle Bird Feeder

We made a pop bottle, or rather water bottle, bird feeder, to hang in the tree outside the kids' windows, this afternoon.

Following instructions from David Burnie's Bird Watcher...

...we removed the label from the bottle.

Then, we poked eight holes in, near the bottom, first with a thumb tack, then enlarged with a pencil - four holes lower, for wood dowel, sitting posts, and four holes slightly higher, and between the others, for food holes.

We poked two wood dowels through the lower holes.

Make one set of holes slightly higher than the others, so the dowels will cross, and not run into each other. If you don't have sturdy dowels (ours are actually the pushing sticks, that come with poly-fil), you can use pencils, instead.

Using a paper funnel, we filled the bottle with birdseed, making sure our feeding holes were larger than the seeds.

We, meaning the Man of the House, tied both ends of a piece of twine, about six inches long, securely, around the neck of the bottle...

...replaced the cap, and tied the feeder to a branch of the tree.
Now, hopefully, the children will be able to enjoy bird watching, right from the comforts of their own rooms, on these first, wintry, days of spring. It's great to be a homeschooler.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I hope they will be able to spot and recognize many birds. Bird feeder itself looks very neat!

Ticia said...

It looks very proffesional. Our bird feeder is getting eaten from on a semi-regular basis now.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The Man of the House wasn't too thrilled to be hanging a pop bottle in our tree :)

OurWanderingAdventures said...

This is really neat!! Your newest follower!!!