How to… Feed Feathered Friends

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Travis and I have loved hearing birdsong on recent walks to the bus stop, a sure sign that spring is near. So we loved that this month’s “How To” column in Highlights magazine was a bird feeder for our feathered friends, helping them out while the ground is still quite frozen.

I challenged Travis to think of how he could make a strong base for the feeder from craft sticks. Seven lined up in a row with two across the top and bottom for reinforcement did the trick.

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We repeated this arrangement for the roof. For the sides, glue 4 craft sticks together in a square.

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I hot-glued everything together (wood glue would also work), and then added a few extra craft sticks for reinforcement where needed.

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Note: If using wood glue, consider using binder clips to hold everything together until the glue dries.

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Next we gave our bird feeder a coat of paint.

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Travis chose black and yellow – oriole colors!

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We took a special trip the store for birdseed, following Highlights suggestions for who eats what in which part of the country. We opted for black-oil sunflower seeds, popular with titmice in our region.

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It was so warm outside that we didn’t even need our coats when we went to hang this in the sunshine. We can’t wait to watch the birds enjoy their meal.

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