Some crafty ideas for wildlife

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Some crafty ideas for wildlife
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Sat, 05-21-2011 - 10:32am

One of the first signs of spring is the flurry of activity from outdoor critters. Birds start appearing at bird feeders, squirrels begin foraging for all those nuts they buried the autumn before. The crafting world hasn’t left them out, that’s for sure! Check out these great projects dedicated to our outdoor friends.

1. Bread Birdhouses


2. Chopstick and Coke Can Bird Feeder


3. Pumpkin Bird Feeder


4 .Homemade Hummingbird Feeder


5. Nesting Material Hangers


6. DIY Squirrel Feeder


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Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 3:49pm

What great ideas Carol - thanks for sharing!

We are plagued by woodpeckers who have made a home in our siding. After trying just about everything to get rid of them, I think I've decided to make them a nice house and attach it to the side of ours instead. We'll have to put out some nesting material bags for them too!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:16pm

Have you tried any of these techniques to "evacuate" your woodpeckers? http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/woodpeckers.html This article says, once "attached" to your house's siding, woodpeckers are VERY hard to displace...

Meanwhile, here are some free plans for woodpecker houses...http://www.birdhousebuzz.com/woodpeckerhouse.html

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:50pm
Yep, we've tried all of those things. You're right - impossible to displace. Every time we covered a hole, they made another one. We tried the radio in the window playing talk radio, but it eventually stopped scaring them. We've done streamers, pie tins, CDs and more. :( :(

There is a family with new babies living there, so I can imagine they're not going to go without fight. I don't want to harm them, but I also don't want my house to fall down. I can literally hear them moving around inside my wall. Sigh...
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