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How to Make: Coconut Bird Feeders

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Today we’re going to tackle a fun, cheap, and easy backyard project: how to make coconut shell bird feeders. Using mostly native materials, these coconut bird feeders are a bit more eco-friendly than the ones we made here.

First step was to gather a few coconuts (you want the mature brown ones for this project, not the young green ones).

Tools for the project included a machete, a whetstone, and a crosscut saw.

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Sharpening the machete first meant we were able to make quick work of opening half a dozen or so mature brown coconuts.

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The inside part of the coconut is what you want here.

Time to put the saw to use:

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Careful cutting will leave you with nice clean lines…

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We used an old steak knife to make a hole for hanging the coconut feeder from a tree. But it’s easy work and any tool on hand will do…

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Notice the hole in the top center of the feeder.

For a hanger we decided to use the ban-ban cordage that’s used to fasten nipa roofing materials…

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Next we decorated the feeder with flowers and orchids from our garden. They may help attract the birds but my teen-age daughter just thought they looked pretty and I agree…

attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro

Now on to the actual feed for our coconut bird feeders. We decided to use different food in a few different feeders to see which type was most popular with our winged visitors. First we just used some wild Siargao honey. The idea here was mainly to attract bugs which in turn would attract the birds.coconut bird feeders attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro

But then we decided to mix in some pomelo fruit.

coconut bird feeders attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro
At this point our bird feeder was looking more like a welcome cocktail at a tropical resort!

Talong, our very capable handyman, climbs a mango tree to hang up our first coconut bird feeder.

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Here’s our first coconut bird feeder hanging from a mango tree next to the tidal river which runs behind our house…

coconut bird feeders attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro

We decided to put two entrances and feeding areas on our second feeder and hung that one from a guava tree…

coconut bird feeders attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro

This time we added some commercial ‘slasher’ feed which we bought at the nearby sari-sari store. We mixed the feed with some honey, too.

coconut bird feeders attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro

Talong got a bit creative with the third coconut bird feeder and made it a ‘rain hat’ but we all agreed it was the best one.

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coconut bird feeders attract birds to beach resorts, cottages, gardens or homes in siargao island, san isidro rain hat version

 

We had a lot of fun doing this and plan on making some more bird feeders this weekend when the nephews and nieces come to visit. Since the coconut bird feeders were just put up in the trees this morning we haven’t had any avian visitors yet but will be sure to post some pictures when we do.

Why not try making this simple and fun project yourself and help to feed the wild birds of Siargao or wherever you live. Post a link to photos of your own coconut bird feeders in our comment section below. We’d love to see what you can do!

 


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Ernie Dee
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Great idea! Do you suggest using older brown coconuts rather than the less mature green ones?

Ernie Dee
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Oh scratch that, I just noticed that you prefer using the brown. Oops.

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