As autumn gives way to winter, garden birds will be on the look out for high-energy foods to build up the fat reserves they need to survive the bitter weather. Give them a helping hand with a log feeder that is easy to make and suits the natural foraging behaviour of species such as tits, nuthatches and treecreepers.
You Will Need
- An old log (30-50cm long)
- Wood drill bit
- Unsalted peanuts
- Mixed bird seed
- Wire cutters
Choose an old log – the more cracks and crevices, the better. Hold it steady and drill additional holes along the length of the log. Take care not to make them too deep.
Stuff the cracks and holes with suet, bird seed and unsalted peanuts. Wrap a length of wire round each end of the log. Twist the wires together to make a hanging loop.
Hang the log feeder in a high, sheltered position, out of reach of cats. Make several feeders to hang in different parts of the garden. Refill as necessary.
Kate Bradbury says
Over time, wood-boring beetles and other insects will colonise the log, further enhancing its value to birds.