Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Upcyled Bird Feeder #2

This morning when I was doing the recycling I spotted two mason jars that I felt would be just perfect for making a couple of bird feeders. Almost all of my bird feeders are made from scrap wood or left plastic containers etc. Squirrels which I like to photograph as well as birds are pretty brutal on plastic and wood so lately I've started making my feeders from glass which they don't chew up. They are very simple to create and once you have got all the materials gathered only take fifteen or twenty minutes a piece to make. First I clean the glass jars with soap and water and then thoroughly dry them with a dish cloth. Next I take a battery powered drill (Note: Never ever use a corded electric drill. You can be electrocuted!) with a half inch diamond covered hole saw. These are cheap and easy to find at your local hardware store, Harbor Freight or online. I just barely submerse the jar in water and drill a hole down at the bottom side of the jar. After that I rough up the sides of the drilled hole with sand paper so it won't cut the birds feeding from it. For the last step I drill a hole in the top center of the jar lid and affix a wire hanger to hang the feeder with. I slip the top of a wire clothes hanger through the hole in the lid and bend it over on the underside of the lid with a pair of pliers to hold it in place. I fill it with black sunflower seed and hang. The birds have been loving them. By the way you don't need to have a perch as the birds will either grab it on the wing or grasp the bottom lip of the hole to feed. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i and a Canon EFS-60mm F 2.8 Macro lens. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/125th of a sec. Lighting was provided by two LED light panels. #teamcanonusa

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