Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Rejoice

A great use for those empty 1 and 2 litre bottles is to make them into bird feeders. This can be done by simply cutting a smooth, round hole in the side, toward the bottom of the bottle, and filling it with seed. Turned away from the prevailing wind, it will usually stay dry and snow free. Hang with a piece of wire or heavy string.

But this weekend I spied a nifty little gadget that I’m sure isn’t new…just new to me. I bought one to try and the birds seem to love it. We had a steady stream of friendly chickadees, golden finches, and sparrows yesterday.

The feeder simply threads onto the bottle and disperses seed as needed. I use black sunflower or “oil” seeds. The birds prefer them to regular sunflower seeds and they are easier to break open. Finches relish niger seed, but at $1/pound, they’ll have to be content with the sunflower seed. :)

My parents are journal-keeping birdwatchers — my older daughter is a wildlife Biologist whose specialty is ornithology. Me, I just enjoy their antics.


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

6 thoughts on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Rejoice”

  1. OK, I love this idea! I will most certainly try it over the winter, augmenting our purchased feeder that usually empties quickly.

  2. FYI Richard — I found mine at Canadian Tire. :) I’m sure most department or pet stores would carry them as well.

  3. Once again you get a picture I couldn’t get in a hundred years.

    Happy Thanksgiving. See you on the Other Side.

  4. That’s pretty cool. We had a pop bottle bird feeder in the back yard, but the squirrels got to eat and basically chewed threw one entire side…top to bottom.

  5. Stephen — have a wonderful holiday, my friend. Thanks for the compliment on the photo — and…yes, you could. :)

    Thea — squirrels are the bane of my father’s existence! My parents have several large feeders throughout their property and he’s used every gadget and gizmo invented, including live traps that he got from Dept of Natural Resources. He’s taken dozens of the critters to a wooded area, miles from their home — he jokes that they must climb up in the wheel wells when he releases them because for every two he lets go, three more show up. :) Thx for stopping by!

    Happy Thanksgiving, all of you.

  6. thanks for the tip about that neat little ‘thingy’. We have spent far too much money on bird feeders but over the years they’re all ‘breaking down’ and are beginning to need replacement. I like this inexpensive way of recycling something we already have. I see someone mentioned finding one at Canadian Tire — I’ll try them. If I find one there, may I use the idea for my weekly environment column (it’s in a local newspaper)? I’ll say where I got the idea from.

    Diane at Sand to Glass

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