So something that is nice and simple to do is make your own bird feeders! Making your own birdfeeders is a fun activity that also results in having an afternoon and or morning of bird watching! This is always one of our favorite things to do and we will give you multiple ways to do it. We will also include how to make your own hummingbird solution for if you want to go and buy a hummingbird feeder.
Size of group: any size
Materials Needed: Birdseed, p-nut butter, Toilet paper rolls, ice cream cones (pointed and cups), A plate (paper to put seeds on and a small glass one for another feeder), sugar, water, String/yarn or pipe cleaners, Grape Jelly
Objective: Creativity, Project completion, Learning about new birds, being aware of our surroundings in nature
The Toilet paper feeder
This feeder is a nice simple feeder and is meant to hang in trees and bushes where birds can sit and enjoy them.
First, you want to cut or poke two holes in the top of the tube one on each side. Now put some string or yarn through the holes and tie it up so you can hang the feeder when we are done.
After this is done you can continue by spreading p-nut butter on the edges of the toilet paper roll and follow that by rolling it in the seed that is spread out on the paper plate. You can also use Cheerios on the feeders as well.
Once the birds have cleaned these off it is best to take it off the tree and throw them out. They will not dissolve or biodegrade.
Ice Cream Cone Feeders
This feeder is basically the same exact thing except these will actually dissolve and you will not have to be cleaned up. This is a good feeder to also set around the yard and have birds swarm everywhere which is really cool to watch.
Making our Hummingbird solution
SO for this all you have to do is mix one cup of sugar with 2 cups of water and boil it for about 5-10 minutes. Let the solution cool and pour it into your feeder. It is best to only use a little at a time as if the solution sits out in the sun it tends to go bad. Refill your feeder every 2 to 3 days. Store unused solution in the fridge for up to a week in a separate bottle.
For the orioles, you can also do a feeder such as a hummingbird feeder but the oriole feeder is orange and not red. The solution is the same for them as well.
Another way to attract orioles is to have a small dish in which you put grape jelly in the center. Place this anywhere in your backyard or on your porch and enjoy the bird watching.