As mentioned in a previous post the bird feeders we have located around our garden attract various types of birds but I’ve not seen native birds using them.
I had already been thinking about designing such a feeder therefore this was just the motivation needed to get the project under way. Several days later the prototype as pictured above was finished.
The central part of the unit consists of a removable wooden box that houses a 1.5 litre plastic bottle filled with a mixture of sugar and water. This flows through small holes drilled in the bottom of the bottle into a plastic tray from which the tuis and other birds will hopefully feed … anyhow that’s the plan?
It’s a simple concept but will it work? … only time will tell.
Where should it be located?
It needed to be in a quiet yet visible part of the property so bird activity could be easily monitored. There are a several clumps of native flax on our further most boundary where the tuis feed so that seemed the most logical spot. The nectar from it’s flowers is one of the tui’s favourite foods.
After bashing a waratah standard into the hard clay the feeder was lowered onto it. A 40cm wooden sleeve attached to the bottom allows this to happen. To position the unit in a different location it’s just a simple matter of pulling out the waratah.
Viewing our expected visitors can now be enjoyed from either our laundry or garage windows. Not easy to see in this photo but it’s a little off centre to the right.
After sorting out a few initial teething problems, mainly rats (don’t ya hate them), all now seems to be fine. No sightings of any birds feeding yet but keeping all fingers and toes crossed.
These bird feeders will be for sale but not until I’m satisfied that they work satisfactorily.
If you’ve had success in attracting birds to your garden or have any tips you are willing to share I would love to hear from you.
Check out this great website if you’re are looking for extensive information on New Zealand birds.
Use whatever talent you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sing the best. Henry Van Dyke