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The Outside Page - Feeding the Birds

The Outside Page - Ideas for Exploring Outdoors!

Feeding Birds

Kids building bird feeders
Building milk carton bird feeders.

Feeding birds can be as simple as tossing some mixed bird seed on the ground or setting out some cut up fruit. Seeds are enjoyed by chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals and blue jays. Orange halves may attract orioles, tanagers and grosbeaks. You can make a simple seed feeder by cutting openings in the sides of a milk carton or a plastic milk jug (be sure to clean it well first), leaving the bottom intact as a tray to hold the seeds. Attach a wire to the top and hang the feeder outdoors. Fill the bottom with bird seed then watch to see who visits. During the summer, hummingbirds are attracted by special feeders which dispense sugar-water.

Keep a Life List

boys building bluebird house
Building bluebird house.

A life list is a record a birder keeps of all the birds he or she has seen. Each time you see a new kind of bird, add it to your list. When you start a life list it grows quickly; a dozen or more may visit your backyard feeder! After a while you will have seen many of the birds in your area and won't be adding new birds as often. It will become a fun challenge to add to your list. A life list can be part of a field journal you keep, with not just the names of the birds you see, but other interesting observations you make as well. (A sample of a blank field journal page can be printed from this website.)