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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Bird table version 2 (and 'stick soup')

Stick Soup - as made by the childrenThere are few better ways to spend a sunny springtime Sunday afternoon than in outdoors; while Beth was out visiting her sadly ailing grandfather, the children kept themselves occupied in the space left on the drive and I worked on the final part of my bird feeder project, bringing all the bits to the front of the house (where, to be honest, the majority of the sunshine was).

After scooting and skating around for a while, the children discovered a bucket of water that had been left out since (I think!) we last cleaned the car - it was three-quarters full of just thawed water, and they enjoyed acting out a TV cookery show, adding ingredients from the hedge and ground to their 'stick soup' - it was most entertaining.

My main objective was to replace the copper pipe - which had been previously used to support the two bird feeding elements - with something more substantial that could at least take the weight of a new bird feeder that I built on a quiet Monday afternoon last week (after an engineer had been and finally fixed our errant dishwasher!)

The bird feeder itself (there's a photo below) was constructed almost entirely out of bits of left-over wood (including the right-angle brackets of an inexpensive shelf that was never put up, but which made a good roof guide) and a frying pan 'spatter guard' that we never used. I had, however, run out of any substantial lengths of two-inch thick wooden battens to use as a sturdier stand, so I was on the lookout for something a little more natural. It wasn't perfect, but the thick branch I'd removed from the leylandii trees last year seemed like a good enough candidate, so that's what I've used.

Unfortunately, it's not very straight, so I've had to modify the stand a little(!) but if it all collapses, I can always rework it using something a bit more sensible.

That said, I've so far seen a robin and a blackbird enjoying a nibble from the seeds on show, so I'm hopeful that this will continue to encourage birds back to the garden - especially the somewhat troubled house sparrow, and despite the regular presence of cats nearby. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on it from work using the Ustream video link I set up last week!

our home-made bird table

Posted by james at March 7, 2010 9:16 PM

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