Bird Feeders

This post was supposed to be about another weekend, another chance for a hike – get outside and look for the warblers migrating thru and the Lady slippers and trilliums that are blooming.  But….  The weather forecast is for a high of 47 and gusts up to 50 miles per hour – it might not be a good idea to be in the woods. 

So ….  Let’s bring the birds closer to us with a bird feeder.  One for my favorite feeders is simply a log with holes drilled in it that David and the kids make for me.  I have several piliated woodpeckers visit the log every day.  They need the extra length of the log to brace their tail while they feed.  Lots of other birds visit the log too. 

Here are some birds that visited my feeder yesterday.

To make a feeder, simply find a log 3 to 6 or so inches in diameter and at least a foot long.   With your parents, find your biggest drill bit and drill holes in the log.  You can drill them all the way thru or not. 

Just stuff the holes in the feeder with suet.  I use non-latex gloves but, if you don’t mind messy hands, you don’t need to.  Suet from the store works fine or you can make your own.  Here is my favorite recipe – you don’t need to follow exactly:

  • 1 1/2 cups shortening (lard is better but I hate working with it)
  • 3/4 cups peanut butter ( I prefer chunky)
  • 3 to 4 cups any combo of bird food – sunflowers, peanuts, dried meal worms, etc.
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup corn meal

If you already have a feeder, there are lots of great, at home, birding activities going on this weekend.

Maryland Ornithological Society May Count – I can put you in touch with Carroll County’s Count organizer if you are interested.

Audubon Society of Central Maryland’s 2020 Birdathon Fundraiser – They have hosted the 4-H GOES Club for the spring bird bandings and they have had to cancel their main fundraiser, a native plant sale, this year.  So please support them if you can.

2020 – 2024 MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Project – This is a longer-term project but several Carroll county blocks are still available.  You can get your own block – I have one – or simply contribute information.  If you would like more information or the contact info for the Carroll County coordinator, just let me know.

Goal:  Make a bird feeder or post a picture of a bird using your current feeder.

Fair Entry Ideas

  • Bird Feeder
  • Bird Photo series
  • Bird Educational Item:  ID guide – all or warblers, woodpeckers, eggs,  …,
  • Posters or Electronic Education Item:  Common Feeder Birds, Woodpeckers, Eggs, Warbler Migration, Red Knot – Horseshoe Crab connection, …

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