Some birds prefer to eat their food on the ground, while others prefer hanging feeders. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, creepers and other tree-climbing birds often dine vertically. Besides eating insects they find in trees, they hide seeds and other tidbits in cracks and crevices of bark, wood posts and other handy locations. If you want to attract them to your feeding station, make a log bird feeder that can be filled with their favorite seed mixtures. They are easy feeders that many varieties will love.
To make a log bird feeder you will need a branch that is four to eight inches in diameter. The type of wood does not matter, but it should be taken from something dead instead of from a live tree. The bark can be fully intact or peeled away. You will also need an electric drill, a one to two-inch hole saw bit, an eighth-inch drill bit of the appropriate length and a wire or a piece of jute twine for hanging the finished feeder. Also needed is a ½ cup of natural peanut butter and a quarter cup of a black oiler and safflower seed mixture.
The feeder does not have to be outfitted with a hanger. Many birds dine on the contents of horizontal logs. It can be placed on a platform feeder or on the ground. Consider making two or three feeders, and place them in various positions and locations. Take notes on the numbers and types of birds they attract, and make location changes as necessary.
Begin by using the saw bit to drill round impressions that are approximately one-half inch deep. Space them about four inches apart. The number required will depend upon the length and diameter of the log feeder. Perches are not required for nuthatches, creepers and woodpeckers. The open spaces will give them plenty of room to climb and vertically dine.
If you plan on hanging the feeder, drill a hole through the top of the log to accommodate a hanger. Thread a wire or a piece of jute twine through the hole. Tie a secure connection.
Next, thoroughly combine the peanut butter and the seeds. Use a spatula to fill the impressions with the mixture, and hang or place it in the vicinity of your feeding station. Birds will not likely show up right away, but do not get discouraged. They need time to observe new feeders, but before long you will attract all sorts of tree-climbing feathered diners.
Sources: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience