Feeding birds in my backyard has gotten me a little down-hearted lately. Our suburban neighborhood seems to be overrun by cats, both strays and pets whose owners just won’t keep them indoors, and it seems every one of those cats wants to lay in the sun in my garden and menace any birds who try to stop by the feeders. I can’t do anything about the cats, so I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to feed the birds anyway. One of the things I noticed in my observations was that many of the birds who visit my feeders (or at least, who used to visit my feeders) like to stop in a large cassia shrub nearby to “case the joint” first. I figured, why not make their lives a little easier and put a bird feeder right in the bush? I wanted something small and simple, so I hit the bargain bins and found this pretty little glass plate. I added some twine and hung it in the bush and sure enough, cardinals and titmice were soon enjoying the seed!
This feeder took only a few minutes to assemble. I just cut two long pieces of twine and knotted them together in the center. I used a dab of hot glue to secure the knot on the bottom center of the feeder. I also used a few dabs of hot glue to hold the twine in place where it met the edges of the feeder. Then I knotted the twine together at the top, making sure it was even, and hung it from a shepherd’s hook among the shrub branches. (The branches themselves are too flimsy to hold the feeder securely.)
Because this is easily accessible to squirrels, I filled the feeder with safflower seed, which my squirrels generally avoid. It doesn’t provide any drainage, so I have to check the feeder after any rainy days to see if it should be cleaned and refilled. Other than that, it’s working out well. Of course, I can’t see the birds very well tucked away back in the bush, but I can hear their happy chirps and I know they’re getting a nice meal. It’s a good-enough solution to a tricky problem, and that’s the best I can do for now – plus, I’ve got a new pretty inexpensive little dish bird feeder to enjoy!