Date : March 15, 2020
Did you know that Australia has 828 native birds? It’s true – and they’re some of the most colourful in the world.
From galahs to cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets, these are just some of the delightful birds you may find in your own backyard.
Placing a bird feeder in your garden not only offers food to native birds in your area, it also allows you to see these beautiful creatures up close… or from your window.
You may be surprised by the variety of birds in your suburb, which will come flocking to your backyard the moment you place a bird feeder on a tree.
While you could buy a bird feeder dish and hang it high, why not upcycle a jar into a bird feeder? This particular feeder is great for smaller birds like Rosella’s and Lorikeets.
How to make your own bird feeder!
What you’ll need
- Empty jar, washed
- Rope or twine
- Araldite glue (for glueing wood and glass)
- Thick stick (we used a paperbark tree stick)
- Mix your glue and squeeze a straight line along one side of the jar.
- Place your stick along the line of glue, making sure there is room for birds to perch on the end of it to feed. Hold the stick in place for 5 minutes to ensure it adheres to the glass jar.
- Cut two double long lengths of twine/rope (length will depend on how high you wish to place your bird feeder. 1 meter is a good length). Wrap this around the stick and jar. Knot the twine so the jar balances well when you hang it from the tree.
- Put the seed mix into your jar. You can buy seed from your local grocery store.
- Get an adult to help you fasten the bird feeder off a branch on a tree.
- Wait for the birds to come!