I’m re-sharing this homemade birdfeeder in a mug tonight because it feels like a good time to remind people that our little feathered friends might need a bit of help at this time of year.
Before I share it again though, I’m going to tell you why I was reminded of it earlier today and maybe one of you lovely people can give me some tree advice. 😁
So, I have a tree outside my bedroom window which I’ve always thought was a Rowan tree due to its bright orange berries and over the last few weeks, it’s been the streets most happening meeting place for birds judging by the number of birds that have gathered there every evening.
The birds have pretty much stripped the tree bare of the berries and tonight when I looked out of my window, I saw a solitary blue tit just sitting there looking sad because we’re all out of berries.
That’s what made me think of this post from a couple of years ago so I dusted it off to share with you again in the hope that we could all make our homemade bird feeder in a mug to cheer up all the sad hungry blue tits in the world. But then I did some searching online for Rowan trees to see if I could find a photo of a blue tit sitting in one to share with you (I know, sad or what?) and I discovered that birds really don’t like Rowan berries.
So either my tree isn’t a Rowan tree or birds around here like bitter-tasting berries?
Anyway, now I’ve explained why I was reminded about sharing this post with you again, I’ll actually get around to resharing it – here’s how to make a homemade birdfeeder in a mug!
At this time of year, our little feathered friends could do with a bit of help from us (actually they’d be glad of the help year-round but this time of the year especially) so we decided to make our own thrifty homemade bird feeder using a couple of aluminium mugs that we have in the cupboard and some twigs we collected when we were walking the dog.
The only ingredients are bird food (ours was £1.50 for a big bag) and some suet.
The ratio for this is 1 part suet to 2 parts birdseed so we used the full pack of suet (185g) and then 370g of bird food.
Just melt the suet over a low heat and then pour over the bird food.
Give it a good mix so all of the bird food is coated in the suet mix.
Next, put the mix in your mug and pack it down tightly.
Pop a twig in the mug for the birds to use as a perch while they’re eating and leave it in the fridge to set for a while.
Tie some string around the handle of the mug and attach your cute little homemade bird feeder to wherever it’s going. Make sure the string is quite short though as you don’t want it waving about all over the place.
Now you just need to sit back and wait for the birds to come. 😉
Just a quick note on this type of homemade bird feeder- don’t use them in the warmer months as the Suet can melt and coat the feathers which makes it hard for them to fly.
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