Mom's birdfeeder

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Project by Bob Babcock posted 07-18-2007 06:07 AM 2906 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Mom asked me if I would build her the same birdhouse my Dad had built back in the 70’s. She had found the plans folded amongst some of her books. I think they were PW plans. She can fill it from her kitchen window.

The wood is some cedar scraps I had. I made the post from some raw cedar and carved the chickadee from a branch stump. The whole thing got a coat of Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 07-18-2007 06:10 AM

I really like that design, does the lid lift up to fill? I would like to find that plan… Could use some of these in my yard….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-18-2007 06:33 AM

very cool…I like the bird on the post…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 07-18-2007 10:31 AM

Very nice Bob. My wife and I have a couple of feeders in the yard and really enjoy sitting on the patio watching to see what will show up to eat. If you could somehow post the plans, I would be very happy to build a new feeder for our little feathered friends.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 07-18-2007 11:08 AM

and isn’t that little birdie just the cutest little thing.
You are brilliant!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 07-18-2007 01:36 PM

Thst’s a great design Bob It will give your mom a direct view of the birds as they feed.
I find the round ones often block a view of the birds as they feed off the circle.
I like the stantions with the carving as well.
Do you get squirrels at the feeders?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 07-18-2007 03:09 PM

Hi Bob;
—-yes, great bird-feeder here and right in front of the window! Does your Mom enjoy sitting at the window inside, during the long winter months and watching the bird activity?

Talking about ‘bird activity’, have you ever kept a log on the bird sightings for a certain time period? My wife and I have and then it’s amazing of what content one accumulates when one is keeping record….oh well….

....great carving also.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#7 posted 07-18-2007 03:54 PM

Beautiful trees and good story, when my mother passed, I had a big pine moved from her yard to mine, the whole family plantedi it when I was a kid. I know she would be pleased. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-19-2007 01:46 AM

What a lovely idea.

It’s amazing the pleasure small birds can bring to viewers. I was at a woodworking friend’s home a few weeks back enjoying a winter BBQ. It was cold and wet, so we sat inside. Immediately in front of the window was a bird feeding station not unlike this one. For an entire hour there was a steady stream of feathered customers coming for a feed; birds large and small, colorful and drab, noisy and musical. It was interesting to observe the ‘pecking order’. Some birds just flew right in and hoed into the food, others stayed back and waited ‘til the more aggressive birds had finished.

I’m sure this will bring her a lot of pleasure.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 07-21-2007 04:56 AM

Great feeder Bob. I had actually considered making that one once, I have the plans somewhere around here…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 07-25-2007 12:45 AM

I have to say I did make some changes to the plans. I made it shorter to fit the window and wider with larger bins to hold more seed. I used the plans as a general look.

Squirrels too…darn tree rats.

Hi Frank,
I have 6 feeders running in the winter and we also keep our pond open so there is a constant water source. That coupled with the great habitat created by 800 or so conifers on the farm and all the rest of the forest and wetlands around us makes for a large and varied bird population. I cut my feeding back in summer once the bugs are out. I have used e-birds log activity on occasion. I’m not an organized bird watcher but if I was I’d have an impressive life list. We have lots of songbirds nesting. We have a pair of American Kestrel’s nesting on a pole on my property. 5 years this year. Fun to watch them hunt. We get falcons, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, kingfishers, turkey, the list goes on and on. LOL…one year even a run away Peacock. We definitely get more than our fair share of birds.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 07-25-2007 12:50 AM

Hey Bob:
You are a lucky guy to have all that company.
We have grown too distant from our roots and forget that they all need a place just as do we.

Nice to know somebody else makes it a bit easier for them.
They bring a lot of happiness just being there – right?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 07-25-2007 01:40 AM

Must be karma…just as I was reading your post Bob I happened to catch movement out my office window….the male kestrel was hovering about 20’ off the ground, then flew over and landed on the cherry tree in my backyard, preened himself a bit then flew off.

-- Bob

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#13 posted 08-10-2007 10:41 PM

I never thought of water in the winter for the birds. I’ll have to plan for that this year. I love the design of your bird feeder. I have been trying to think of something that the cardinals would like and I think your bird feederfits the bill :-)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 09-06-2007 01:05 AM

Snow…black oil sunflower seeds are cardinal magnets. I use it in most of my feeders. Doesn’t matter what type….house, tray, tube….they go where the sunflower is.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 09-06-2007 02:27 AM

Bob, that’s really cool!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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