The Garden Spotter

DIY Orange Bird Feeder


orange bird feeder

The fall bird migration is well underway, and this year I’m learning lots about the types of birds that travel through our region of Maine, and about the species that stay here all year. We have a range of visitors, according to a Facebook group I’m part of called MAINE Birds, which has more than 7,700 members, one of the largest online bird watching groups in the United States. In recent weeks, I’ve seen Evening Grosbeaks, Hooded Mergansers, a Kingfisher, a hummingbird, a Herring Gull, and a Snow Bunting pass through the group’s pages. Members have also shared bird rescue stories; for example, a Northern Saw-Whet Owl found injured on a road just this week. It’s a very supportive and informative community.

Encouraged by the many Mainers on the site who’ve set up backyard feeders, I, too, have embraced the philosophy of “build it and they will come.” I’ve set up one feeder in the yard, and I made an orange bird feeder to hang on the porch. I have more ideas and bird treats in the works, but thought this was a good start. This small feeder is very easy to make; so easy, in fact, it would be a great project to do with your kids.

You’ll Need:

  • An orange, preferably organically grown without pesticide
  • String or twine
  • A sharp knife
  • Bird seed (Black Oil Sunflower Seed is always a good choice)


Cut the orange in half, and empty the juice and pulp. Using the point end of the knife, poke three holes in the side of the orange, about equal distance apart. Cut three equal lengths of twine, and thread each through a hole. Tie each piece, then tie another knot above the feeder, one that joins all three together. Fill with bird seed and hang in a spot in the yard nearing a bush or tree that will give the bird a place to perch as they fly to and from the feeder.

More Information:

National Audubon Society

Cornell Lab or Ornithology

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