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Backyard feeding station/photo site-

 
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Jun 13, 2017 17:01 |  #1

My latest "brain"storm-A backyard photo site that can be relocated as the needs change. My thinking is for hummingbirds in the summer and regular feeders other times in a different location.
First, the base-

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At a welding shop, cost would be in the $100. area. If you have a welder friend as I did, somewhat less. 1/2 " rod and I believe he used 14 ga. plate. Made mine 3' long and sized to receive a 4x4. Should have increased the opening to maybe around 4"-then could use shims to help plumb vertically. Try as I might, could not drive the base perfect. Gave it coats of Rust-oleum primer and flat black.

And the finished product-subject to future alterations as time goes on.

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I cut 1 foot off the 8' treated 4x4. I personally think cedar would make a nicer appearing post, but cost is significantly higher here. The hooks I found online thru Amazon, Greybunny forged at $15./pr. Bought the 7"dia. 24" long duct piece at Lowes. Everything else is leftovers or scavenged-vinyl deck leftovers from porch project last summer, a large plastic planter saucer and misc. hardware. Used Gorilla Original glue that is exterior rated.
Using saucer as an ant moat, birdbath and seed waste catcher. Cut opening for 4x4 and built dam around opening w/ deck scraps and glue so it would hold water. Hoping that holds up!
Yes, movable but that will be a bit of a chore, so will not happen too often. As said, maybe twice a year. I ill post any follow-ups, that seem worth mentioning.

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Jun 14, 2017 07:50 |  #2

Checked this morning and wetness at the post-slow leak at dam around 4x4. Think for now, I'll treat like I do on my plumbing work in the house, with our very hard water, wait a few days. It may seal itself.:rolleyes:
Have not seen any visitors as yet but we're gone last evening.
Guess I didn't mention the seed tray on top using vinyl deck scraps. Put raw peanuts in the shell there for the Bluejays.


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Jun 14, 2017 10:04 as a reply to ardeekay's post |  #3

Great idea and nice work. I would think that you'd have an easier time plumbing the post if you had fewer stakes on the bottom. One should be enough hold it upright. Another option would be to drive in a commercial 4x4 post base at locations where you plan to move the feeder, then when you want to move it, just unbolt the post leaving the stake base behind.

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Jun 14, 2017 14:29 |  #4

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Great idea and nice work. I would think that you'd have an easier time plumbing the post if you had fewer stakes on the bottom. One should be enough hold it upright. Another option would be to drive in a commercial 4x4 post base at locations where you plan to move the feeder, then when you want to move it, just unbolt the post leaving the stake base behind.


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Hey Larry, good ideas! Not sure I'll use the comm'l. base idea, at least for now. Maybe firm up some location selections first. But will seriously consider removing 2 of the stakes. Easier to drive into the ground that way, too. Thank you!!!


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Jun 20, 2017 15:02 |  #5

You should be featured in Birds and Blooms at the bare minimum, Rog! ;-)a


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Jun 20, 2017 17:25 as a reply to CDMOOSE's post |  #6

You're a funny man! ;-)a


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Jun 20, 2017 20:34 |  #7

ardeekay wrote in post #18383031 (external link)
You're a funny man! ;-)a

I think so too, but it depends upon whom you ask.


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Jun 21, 2017 03:45 as a reply to CDMOOSE's post |  #8

:lol:


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Jul 08, 2017 17:27 |  #9

Modification #1-added baitwell plug to the moat/bath saucer to facilitate washout and cleaning.

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Jul 08, 2017 17:32 |  #10

Nice!

Notice any squirrels that have defied your sheath?

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Jul 08, 2017 19:39 as a reply to MalVeauX's post |  #11

Nope, so far, so good!


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Jul 11, 2017 10:19 |  #12

Here is my main set up. A tray feeder, a suet feeder, a small bird shaped feeder, a bird bath, and an Oriole nectar feeder. I also have some single feeders spread across the yard and in my pasture.

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Jul 11, 2017 16:46 as a reply to WGregge's post |  #13

Judging from the wooded area behind, I bet they are busy. Squirrelsearch much of a problem?


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Aug 05, 2017 14:21 |  #14

Think I'll use the top platform to just set a flower pot on next year. Seed up there creates too much of a mess in the moat/bath tray below. Otherwise, liking it.


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Aug 20, 2017 12:18 as a reply to ardeekay's post |  #15

I'm happy to report that the hummers have finally arrived at the feeders. Saw the first one on Aug 9th and have seen them every day since. I don't always seen them arrive at the feeder, but when they leave, they're always heading south. The ones I see in the morning stop for a quick refueling and off they go. Some of the ones I see in the evening stop for a much longer drink. A layover, I suppose. Filmed one for two minutes on the feeder the other evening. Numbers seem to be steadily increasing. Saw 15-20 yesterday. Only one could be identified as a male; a young one whose throat hadn't yet turned full ruby. Looks like migration is in full swing.

They visit both the commercial feeder and the homemade bottle feeder with a coke bottle cap as the flower.


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