How to Make a Window Bird Feeder
There is no better way to view birds close up than by having a bird feeder in your window. You will not only be able to watch them closely but also be able to take some fantastic photographs. There are various styles of window bird feeders you can make. They can be as simple as adding suction cups to a clear dish or an elaborate wooden one and bracket it to your window. Whichever design you choose, you are sure to get hours of delight watching your feathered friends.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Measuring tape
- Measuring tape
- Wood glue
- Bird seed
Measure the area inside of your window. You will need the exact width and length measurements so you can cut the correct size of wood.
Cut your piece of wood to the measurements of the window; you will need a tight fit. Cut one 1/4-inch-high strip that is 4 inches shorter than the longest side of the feeding board. This will be the lip attached to the board to hold the seed in place and not have it blow off.
Cut two 1/4-inch-high strips for the side lips. They should be as long as the portion of board that will stick out from the window when the board is wedged into it. You may have to place the board into the window and measure to get the correct length.
Drill several drain holes in the bottom of the feeding board. This will allow water to drain and not accumulate on the board.
Glue your strips into place. The gaps in the front strip will allow you to easily sweep off any seed debris. Allow the glue to completely dry before you wedge the bird feeder into the window.
Wedge the board into the window, pushing down on the front to create a slight angle. This will allow for any water to run off the board and help with drainage.
Place seed onto the feeding board, and wait for the birds to arrive to feed.
Tips & Warnings
Using pressure-treated wood will make your bird feeder last longer. Otherwise, rain and water can warp the board.
Article Written By Joyce Starr
Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.
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