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bird seed feeder

City and country sparrows alike can have their own simply and sleekly designed "open bar". All the ingredients you need are some spare wood, a hook, some wire and a glass bottle with a screw cap.

bird feeder
Cut a two pieces of wood from a plank about 15 cm (6 in) width: 11 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in) one and 31 x 15 cm (1 ft x 6 in) other. Join them with screws or wood dowels to make a right angle. Using the glass bottle, mark the board to show where you will attach your two wire loops - one near the neck of the bottle, and one near the bottom of the bottle. The opening of the bottle should be about 3 to 4 cm above the base. Pierce holes in the board with a gimlet and thread the wire through. Staple the wire to the back of the board to keep it in place.

The space you left between the opening of the bottle and base will let the birdseed flow out gradually. Nail a shallow recipient, such as the cut-off bottom of a plastic bottle, under the bottle opening.

Screw the hook into the board to hang your bird feeder. Then, fill the bottle about two-thirds full with a seed mix for wild birds. Screw on the cap, turn the bottle upside down, and slide it into its wire holders. Now unscrew the cap. The seed will fill the shallow dish, and as birds feast on it, the dish will refill automatically - that's the great thing about this bird feeder.

bird seed feeder
Hang the feeder in a peaceful place, if possible sheltered from rain, and out of a cat's reach, of course!

November 2008 [garden]
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