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Be Sure Your Window Bird Feeder is Safe for the Birds to Visit

There is nothing more relaxing and enjoyable with your morning coffee but a visit from one of your back yard friends to have breakfast with you.  Window bird feeders can make this possible virtually every day of the year.  While I’m talking about a window feeder in your kitchen dining area, the best window in your house may be elsewhere.  You choose the window best for you, and then be amazed at the close up views of your favorite birds.  With a window feeder, you can get so close that every single detail of your favorite birds will be visible.  You’ll see their colorings, their features, how they move, and eat in almost microscopic fashion.

In addition to the unbelievable close up views of your birds, there are some other benefits of most window bird feeders that many of us don’t realize.  For instance, unless there is a nearby tree branch or other object with some height by the window, you will have a squirrel free bird feeder without the aggravation of trying to outwit the wily squirrel.  On the other hand, if trees or other object are nearby, all anti-squirrel bets are off, and you may have to move the feeder to different window.

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Coveside Panoramic In-house Window Bird Feeder with Mirrored Panel

All window feeders are neat from our human perspective, but it is important for us to remember these feeders which provide sustenance can be dangerous to the birds at the same time.  No, not the feeder itself, but the window to which it is attached.  Some have estimated upwards to a billion birds per year die from flying into windows, because they can’t see the glass.

Window bird feeders like the one above are safer for the birds than the ones located on the window sill.  The simple reason for this is not unlike the decals many of us place on our sliding glass doors to keep humans from crashing into the window.  The feeders attached to the middle of the window are much like our decals and make the birds realize something is there.

You can make window sill mounted feeders just as safe by adding a decal or blocking out the glass with shades or some other window covering from the inside or outside.  There are any number of decorative things you can do when necessary, just be sure you don’t block your own view of the feeder.

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DIY Window Bird Feeder with Top

Like your other feeders, window bird feeders should be cleaned daily to protect the birds which feed there from becoming sick.  We often forget birds transmit diseases to one another just like humans, and with these feeders, the birds walk around on top of the food they are eating and do leave a few droppings behind which are clearly not healthy.  Thankfully, most window feeders are very easy to clean.  Even the do-it-yourself window feeder project in this post is specifically designed to be easy to clean.  You can visit that post by clicking here.

Use Wooden Bird Feeder Plans To Get the Look You Want

It has been too many years to count now, the morning I went outside looked around and said to myself, wow am I blessed.  I have a gorgeous yard with flowers, flowering trees, and beautiful oaks.  What is missing I

Three absolutely gorgeous, decorative bird feeders, with intricate exterior work

Extra Fancy WOW Bird Feeders

thought, and then I realized there were few or no birds in my yard.  It was then I went to work to change all of that when I decided that I would build my very first wooden bird feeder.  That’s just what I did right after I bought a set of bird feeder plans.

It was one of those times in my life when I wanted something ornate and decorative and nothing less would do.  While the ones above I did not make, the one I did make that season looked very much like the one on the far right.  Yes, I put my heart and soul into the outside of the house, but it was worth it.

Hi Everyone, it’s me Rose with an update for you.  Recently, I found a household woodworking project dream.

We all know that only the best of plans tell you what tools you’ll need, never mind how to use them.  At our house, we’ve had more woodworking projects than just me building bird feeders, and we are ever so glad we now have this series of 10 eBook guides entitled, “How To Build Anything With Three Tools”.  Each of these 10 books sells for $4.95 apiece, but they are available now at a terrifically reduced price when you get the whole series.  The whole series is virtually only half of what you’d spend on each book separately to the set.

Together, these little woodworking bibles cover the three tools you must have, how to use those to make the guides which allow you to saw with absolute precision.  There is even a separate book which explains which kind of wood you should purchase for each type project.  These ten eBooks will give anyone the confidence to begin woodworking projects.

We’ve all been there staring at pictures or sketches on a plan sheet which contains no helpful information on how to proceed.  It’s like having your dad or your grandpa there to help you when you have this information handy on your work bench.  My grandfather was a carpenter and used to build beautiful bookcases for my grandmother, so when I saw these books, I was thrilled.  Take a peek at “How To Build Anything With Three Tools”.

On a more practical note however, regardless of how pretty your new wooden bird feeder is, in order for it to attract birds and fulfill its promise you must follow these guidelines:

Eye Appeal

There is an old saying among architects that goes something like, “it costs the same amount to build ugly, so why build ugly?”  The same goes for your bird feeders.  Make sure your new bird feeder has eye appeal for everyone including the birds.  After all, it will be looked at since bird watching is why you are building it.  Besides, it is an extension of your home.

It bears repeating that to use bona fide bird feeder plans will ensure your project ends in an attractive way regardless your woodworking skill set.  These plans are not only step-by-step instructions, but are also guides as to the tools and materials you will need.

Proper Placement

The feeder should be placed in the best possible area for the birds to come.  Take these factors into consideration when planning where you will put it.

First, the birds have to notice it and the feed and it will have to be in a location in which the birds feel safe.  There is no reason the bird feeder shouldn’t be a focal point in your yard, so proudly display your new feeder.

Sense of Security

Place the feeder well off the ground so it is well out of reach from dogs and kitty cats.  Birds are afraid of these animals and will not frequent a frightening bird feeder.

In addition, it is important to keep insects out of the bird feed, so be sure to build it in such a way that the birdseed is protected from the weather and well ventilated to keep it dry.  Remember to check your feed periodically to make sure the seed is edible and fresh.

Finally, when you are building your little masterpiece paint as much as you

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A cute little wood worker's delight of a small tray feeder with a roof and made of cedar to keep the insects away from the feed.

like on the outside, but leave the interior exposures to the birds and the feed unpainted.  Also, used untreated wood too.  These two little steps will help to ensure your birds are not harmed by any chemicals in the paint or in treated wood.

I’ve been writing on bird watching and building your own birdhouses and bird feeders from plans  for some time now and wouldn’t build without them.  The  two links which follow are a valuable resource for many of my

readers.  With just under one hundred to choose from, these two highly skilled draftsmen have put together the best collections of bird feeder plans on the market today.  In addition, for a low price they both include literally thousands of additional woodworking plans for various projects around the house.

Thanks for reading and drop me a line…..  Rose

Draw Beautiful Birds with Tube Bird Feeders

Sometimes, timid songbirds avoid bird feeders at which more aggressive birds – like the mockingbird or even hummingbird – dine.  This is true,

Excerpt from a set of tube bird feeder plans for a hanging, rectangular, wooden tube bird feeder with 3 perches each on two sides to accommodate several birds at one time

Tube Bird Feeder Plans

especially, of smaller birds like the golden finch.  Whether you are trying to attract these birds to your yard or to feed them in a separate location from your resident mockingbird or other territorial winged friend, tube bird feeders may be the answer.

Tube bird feeder plans are designed to accommodate multiple birds at different perches, while the tube style design keeps the seeds from being exposed to the elements.  As you would expect, these feeders are tube-shaped or cylindrical and feature multiple small perches or holes for feeding.  Depending on the type of bird you want to attract, you can opt to add perches.  Birds like finches, woodpeckers, and chickadees do not need them.

You can modify or adapt your bird feeder plans to attract the type of bird or birds you want.  In addition to adding or removing perches, you can also customize the tube feeder for a specific type of seed.  You can, for instance, work on drawing finches by choosing a design that accommodates only black oil sunflower seeds or thistles.  If you are less discriminating, you can find or

Wooden, rectangular tube feeder made from bird feeder plans which has three perches on each of two sides so as to allow several birds to feed at the same time.

Wooden Tube Bird Feeder Project

make bird feeders that have different tubes, allowing you to offer different types of seed.  If you want to discourage large birds from feeding, small perches can be effective.

While tube bird feeders do have a characteristic shape and are hung from a tree or attached to a pole, there are any number of modifications you can make to your bird feeder plans so you draw the backyard visitors you want.

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