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Birds deserve a Christmas treat also, 5 bird feeders

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-24-2015 04:05 AM 1226 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen bird feeders like this in while visiting my daughter in Ontario this summer. Have wanted to try making some as soon as I could get some spare time. The construction of them goes quite quickly as most parts are the same, except the head for most birds. Some wings are abit different. They can be designed and painted to resemble birds in your area. The heads hinge back to reveal a hole where you pour the bird seed mixture, 1/4 square wire screen keeps the seed inside and then the birds can pick it out. The center width is 4 inches and the wings are 15 to 18 long and 7 wide, the first ones I cut out where smooth and last ones I scalloped abit. Fun making them, but the painting takes some time and imagination. The birds I chose are common to this area, Eagle, Wood Pecker, Canada JY, Stellars Jay, and Chickadee.

Hope you like them and hope the birds do too. Comments and questions welcome.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia





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#1 posted 12-24-2015 04:35 AM

Very cool feeders!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 05:07 AM

Nice feeders! BUT—- I noticed that horrible white stjuff!

Almost like ND was and why I left it!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 05:16 AM

Kool feeders, but will the birds eat from an eagle? Seems like they might be concerned about being eaten ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-24-2015 05:44 AM

Do. you think birds would recognize my eagle as an eagle. Just wanted to do an eagle and will have to give it a go.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 05:55 AM

I did ;-) I was just wondering, They sell Owl and hawk decoys to scare off rodents, ect. Birds might get brave and find out it isn’t the real deal if the get hungry enough. My owl didn’t seem to bother the rats much. A real live cat is much more effective.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 12-24-2015 09:33 AM

Too much snow for my liking Brian, but the birds will surely appreciate the feed,well done….....

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 12-24-2015 08:48 PM

I had the same thought about the eagle, some birds even attack larger birds of prey to drive them away. It will be an interesting experiment for you. Let us know how it goes!

-- Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do.

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#8 posted 12-24-2015 09:30 PM

Happy holidays up north Brian. The snow is on the mountains here but not in my yard. Good of you to feed those birds. Does the seed fall through the screen onto the perch or are they big seeds?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 12-25-2015 03:44 AM

Haven’t put any of these to use yet, I am thinking the birds will pick the seeds through the screen and some will fall through also. The eagle situations, think I may try it with a cover over the head and then as birds get use to feeding there take the cover off and see what happens. I took the pictures sitting on a post but they can be hung as well, put eye hooks in the top of the wings.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 12-25-2015 04:18 AM

In the big city, large plastic owls are attached to buildings to keep the pigeons from hanging around. Are you sure that your big, bird-shaped bird feeders won’t actually act as bird repellers? I guess you’ll find out come spring, eh?

-- Mark

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#11 posted 01-10-2016 12:51 AM

I guess the eagle is not too frightning when food is scarce they may be more brave. It gives me a start though when I am not thinking though and glance up and see a large bird sitting next to the shop door, I will move it to another location, they are more cautious of the cat lurking near it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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