Southern Idaho Birding
If you’ve ever thought that Boise was for the birds, then you were right! Birds are big in Idaho. Aside from the birds of prey protection area, there are also dozens of different species of birds that call Boise home. So, if you are in to birds, come enjoy what Boise has to offer.
Birdfeeders are big in many communities and Boise is no exception. Boise’s plethora of birds makes it easy for even armchair bird enthusiasts to appreciate these beautiful specimens. For this reason, there are many kinds of bird feeders that you can buy and put in your yard to attract them—however, why spend a lot of money on something that you can make with simple items around your home? The following is a list of do it yourself ideas for simple birdfeeders that will be sure to bring the birds around.
Have any Legos?
If you have some spare Legos lying around (or you simply like making things out of Legos) you can easily make yourself a birdfeeder. There are several different ways to do it, but the simplest would be to just put out the feed on a Lego tray for them to eat. However, if you want to take it to the next level, you can build a container on top that would gravity feed the seeds down into the tray. However, if you want to be more creative with it, by all means, go for it. The variety of things that you can build with Legos is only limited by the imagination.
Mason Jar Mania?
If you like to recycle, then this idea is for you. Most of us have a few mason jars laying around the house. If you do, then you are in luck, because after that all you’ll need is a quick trip to the farm supply store. When you are there ask for a metal chick feeder. These will usually be able to attach easily to a standard mason jar. Once you have the chick feeder all you need are seeds. Fill the jar with seeds and attach the chick feeder. Now hang the whole thing upside-down in a tree and you are done! It is a simple but effective way to get birds into your yard for little to nothing. Now you can just sit back and watch the birds flock together.
Like citrus fruit? Don’t throw away that peel!
This idea is great for those who want to go all-natural with their bird feeder. All you really need is an orange or grapefruit, sting, a needle, and some seeds. First, you need to cut the orange or grapefruit in half and scrape all the fruit from either half—when you are done you should have what looks like two bowls. Next, you take your needle and poke four holes into the peel for the string. Once the string is strung you can tie the peels up in the tree and fill them with seeds—and there you have it—a biodegradable birdfeeder. (You get bonus points if you use biodegradable string).
Well the shoe is on the other foot now!
At least once a year someone we know ends up buying new shoes and throws away the old pair. If that old pair, however, is in good shape, take it off their hands, because you will have yourself a simple birdfeeder. All you need to do is to take an old shoe and nail it to a tree, then you fill it with seeds and you’re done. The birds can easily enjoy a few seeds, and you didn’t have to go to any great lengths to provide food for them. If you want to be a little artsier with it, you can buy a pair of fashionable shoes and nail them up there. Or, if you can find an inexpensive pair of wooden Dutch shoes, those would be perfect. All they would need would be a quick layer of waterproofing and they would be good to go.
Depending on your neighborhood and CC&Rs, you may not be able to do this. Be sure to make sure it is okay with your neighbors that you start nailing clothing to the trees.
Teatime is a great time to see birds.
If you have a chance, head down to a thrift, vintage, or pawnshop to see if they have any old tea sets that you could buy for a low price[JM1] . All the pieces of tea sets can be easily converted into simple birdfeeders. So, keep your eye out for teapots, teacups, or anything else of that sort.
What is a good meal without a side of toast?
For simplicity's sake, this is an idea that is within reach for even the most limited of resources. All you need to do is take some old bread that you won’t eat, but has not grown mold, and toast it. Once it is toasted spread peanut butter on both sides, now dip the peanut buttered sides in a bowl of seeds so the seeds stick to it. Now, all you will need to do is hang it from a branch and wait.
What if birds do not come?
There are several reasons why a certain birdfeeder does not attract birds; it could be the seeds, the location, or just that the birds have not discovered it yet.
If you are discouraged that your birdfeeder hasn’t brought any birds around, try moving it to a new place, try different seeds, and if that doesn’t work, you can try some more drastic measures. The best way to attract birds to your yard is to make your yard a haven for them. Take some seeds and sprinkle them in the yard, once they find the seeds in the yard it will only be a matter of time before they find the feeder. (It is also advised that you put any dogs, cats, or children inside so the birds do not get scared).
Whether you are a bird lover or not, Boise has a lot to offer. So, come fly on out and see it for yourself! If you want to learn more, contact one of your licensed agents and they will be happy to assist you.