Driftwood Bird Feeder

Making a driftwood bird feeder is an easy craft, and also one that can provide your own creative expression. It is so much fun choosing interesting and unique driftwood branches and pieces of weathered wood and then putting them together to make a functional driftwood art that would look perfect in a rustic garden or a natural setting.

Collecting driftwood pieces is as much fun and adventurous as building the bird feeder. Each piece of driftwood found and collected will be unique as you will probably never find two pieces the same, which makes is a wonder material to create distinctive and one of a kind bird feeders.

When you are prepared to start building your driftwood bird feeder, play with the weathered and tumbled wood, mixing and matching pieces, almost like fitting a jigsaw puzzle together but with more creativity.

Here are some wonderful example of driftwood bird house to use as inspiration and to give you ideas as how different shapes of driftwood can be used.

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The three driftwood bird feeder above, by Carter Driftwood Creations, are made using antique strainers, graters, and pans, and of course driftwood.


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For hard-core birdies that stick around once the weather turns cold, this stylish Driftwood Bird Feeder is just the show of respect that they'll appreciate and enjoy. Fully functional and suitable for outdoor use, this feeder is made of salvaged natural driftwood. Bird feeder with peaked roof, handcrafted from driftwood.



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This large bird feeder measures 14" x 16" inches and weighs 9 pounds, calls to a variety of birds. It is made by hand using driftwood collected from the ocean and moss collected from the trees in the garden art’s yard. The driftwood is attached using a nail gun to reclaimed lumber and the moss is glued on. By Harvey Shinerock


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I like how this Beach Hut Bird Feeder is built with a round base rather than square or rectangle that you usually see. The naturally grayed and weathered wood that has been tossed around by the moving waters of an ocean or river is very easy to work with and readily available. Especially when you only need small pieces for a feeder like this.




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By Drifting Inn. Roofed bird tables will keep the birds -- and food -- dry in inclement weather. This one was made from pieces of driftwood found on the beach.


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Driftwood Bird Feeder by Julias Driftwood.


Feeding Birds

Feeding birds brings these spectacular animals into our backyards, allowing us to connect with them and helping us to appreciate nature. Feeding birds is also fun—who can resist watching the antics of a chickadee? And attracting a colorful goldfinch or a cardinal to your yard can brighten even the most gloomy day. Wild birds generally don’t need the “free” food that we provide at bird feeders, in fact, studies show that the bulk of a birds’ diet comes from natural sources even where feeders provide plenty of food. But birds do need us to protect habitats. Making your yard or neighborhood more attractive to birds is a first step in ensuring that future generations can enjoy feeding birds as well.

FOOD
Bird feeding is one of the most popular backyard hobbies, enjoyed by millions of people. The effort is quite simple and most always successful --a bird feeder filed with seed placed in just about any environment--city or country--will result in at least one or more types of birds taking advantage of the food source. However, just like any other hobby you can put as much into it as you want.

FEEDER TYPES
There are many, many different types of feeders available. Some are for general seed like a hopper feeder intended for a mixed blend; other feeders are intended for specific seeds, such as a thistle feeder. Some feeders hang, others mount on posts, while still others sit o the ground. A good rule of thumb is to have a variety of feeders to appeal to the largest variety of birds because, like the different feeder types, different species of birds also have their preferred means of obtaining food. For example, some types of birds like chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice are more likely to light on an elevated feeder to get to the seed inside. Other birds, such as juncos and mourning dover, favor feeding on the ground. Of course then there are the generalists like cardinals and blackbirds that will feed either way. By providing an assortment of feeders you can accommodate a diversity of birds.

In addition to feeding preferences, different species of birds also have food preferences. Black oil sunflower is a high energy food and the favorite seed of most birds found in Ohio. A mix of sunflower and white proso millet is a good general mix for many birds. Other seeds such as sorghum (also called milo), wheat, and cracked corn are commonly used in the less expensive seed mixes as filler. While these foods may be eaten by popular game birds such as quail, pheasant and wild turkey they aren’t the favorite of most songbirds and in some cases can even attract undesired bird species like the house sparrow. Nyjer seed, or thistle as it is more commonly known, is a small seed and a favorite of goldfinches and house finches.


Other foods can also be offered as a supplement to attract specific types of birds. Peanuts and other nuts will be relished by blue jays and woodpeckers. Chopped apples, raisins, currants, and other fruit will appeal to mockingbirds, some woodpeckers, catbirds, and robins.

Mealworms will be gobbled up by bluebirds, wrens, and chickadees. Suet and peanut butter will tempt nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other birds that feed on insects and grubs. There are even specialty feeders to accommodate these specialty foods.

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