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Five Fun Bird Feeders for Under $25

Five Fun Bird Feeders for Under $25

With cooler temperatures quickly approaching, it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Winter is the best time to feed birds because their food sources are extremely limited. We also tend to spend more time indoors. Add bird watching to your list of winter activities.

By offering a variety of feeders and bird food, you will have the best chance to attract the most birds to your yard.  Get one for your yard or for your favorite bird-watching friend. You can also use this list for ideas to craft your own DIY feeder.

Here’s a list of five fun bird feeders for under $25:

Prices on Amazon as of 11/24/2020

1. Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups – $19.96

You can’t get any closer to the action with this window bird feeder! We have this feeder hanging on my husband’s office window and it is non-stop action. All. Day. Long. The squirrels cannot get to it because it’s about 20 feet from the ground and the nearest tree is too far for them to jump.

After a year of use, the feeder still looks great, there is no discoloration or scratches, that you might expect from constant action and getting a lot of sun.

It’s easy to clean and refill. He added a strip on top for the birds to land more easily, plus a perch “waiting line”.

2. American Heritage Squirrel Picnic Table $19.99

Yes, a picnic table for squirrels and anyone who cares to join them! This became popular in the Spring of 2020, when we were in lockdown for the pandemic. It was amusing to watch the squirrels at the picnic table.

This model is made from cedar and made in the USA. I would modify it a bit to add a mesh basket on the side, but this fun picnic table with help to keep squirrels away from your other feeders. Because, you know they’ll just find a way!

Ready to make your own? Here’s a free printable PDF plan from Charleston Crafted.

3. Set of 3 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders + BONUS ebook $24.97

I love this combo! Three bird feeders in bright primary colors will brighten up dull winter weather. You can add some variety in each feeder to attract different birds. It includes a bonus EBook and Bird Attraction Audio. They are even offering a friends and family discount. This is too good to pass up!

4. Gray Bunny Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder $19.97

Gray Bunny – just the name makes me want to recommend this feeder! This is a caged tube feeder with high ratings at a reasonable price. The big iron cage dicourages larger birds like cowbirds, grackles and jays. Give the smaller birds a safe way to get their seeds.

5. Bits and Pieces – Tree Face Birdfeeder $24.98


A few years ago, putting a face on trees became a thing. Here’s a new twist on the idea, in which the mouth extends out into bird seed portal.


So there you have it, five fun bird feeders to consider adding to your collection or for gifting to your best bird-watching pals. Of all the feeders presented here, the picnic table feeder is a potential DIY project.

No matter what choice you make, remember to clean feeders on a regular basis to preserve them for years to come and to keep our feathered friends safe.


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Eight Surprising Benefits of Bird Watching

Eight Surprising Benefits of Bird Watching

So what’s so great about bird watching? People stand around with binoculars wearing funny hats and vests, pointing and calling out names. It may look weird and boring to some, but there are actually a ton of benefits to bird watching, some that may surprise you!

Bird watching, aka Birding, has become more popular than ever. With the Covid pandemic forcing us indoors for prolonged periods of time, perhaps you have had more time to observe these fascinating creatures.

Birding has had a huge influence from eco-tourism to optics. Whether you live in a big city, suburb, rural area, in the mountains or near a lake or ocean, you can always find birds. And, many of them change with the seasons, always giving you something to look forward to.

Perhaps you have been birding for many years and making great progress on your “life” list. You know why you love watching birds. But did you know about the surprising benefits of bird watching?


1. Physical Activity

Birds provide us with a connection to nature. When you get outside and watch birds in their natural habitat, you are immersing yourself in their environment. In many cases, you will be breathing in fresh air, soaking up the sun’s rays and listening to their beautiful songs.

It may be as simple as filling the bird feeders or going to the local park. These activities get us up and moving around, one small physical benefit of birding.

If you’re a more experienced birder, you may also be lugging around a big lens or scope, a backpack, and making longer trips with your gear. Even using binoculars for an extended period of time will get your arms working.

binoculars retired

Image by Ingela Skullman from Pixabay

2. Stress Reduction

When you really “get into” bird watching, you allow yourself to be totally immersed in the momement. Being surrounded by nature – the sounds, the scenes – induce a state of relaxation. It’s nature therapy for your brain and it helps to boost your immune system and natural endorphins.

Most birders explain their hobby as relaxing and peaceful. It requires you to be quiet and calm in order to focus in on your find.


3. Mindfulness

Birding is good for our brains. Not only are we looking for our subject, but we must listen to the sounds, identify shapes, patterns, flight and behaviors. A good birder needs all of these skills to make a positive identificaton as quickly as possible. When a new bird is discovered, it provides an endorphin boost, like a good catch.

bird watchers

Image by benmenting from Pixabay

4. Community

Birders and people who enjoy birds are everywhere. My co-worker would always ask me about a bird that he saw over the weekend. It was fun for me to help him identify it, and he was equally thrilled with learning more about what he saw.

When you are out at a local park or wildlife refuge, there’s an easy opportunity to ask a birder what they’ve seen. A short story may follow with a big smile. There are birding clubs all over to share and learn. The natural splendor of birds attracts a wide range of people from all walks of life. Having a common interest makes meeting people remarkably easy.

5. Economic Impact

Getting into bird watching begins with interest and can be very low cost and even free. For a small fee, field guides and birdfeeders are added to increase knowledge and access. From there, binoculars, scopes, cameras are added. These range in cost from very low to huge investments such as long camera lenses, camera bodies, and high-end binoculars.

Depending on the season, birders will travel regionally and internationally to get closer to birds. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, more than 50 million* people watch birds in and around their home, spending close to $50 billion* annually on trips and equipment (*estimates adjusted to current year). 

safari watch

Image by Greg Montani from Pixabay

binoculars kid

Image by Acertmsweeper from Pixabay

6. Fun for Everyone

Birding is a great, low-cost way to get kids out of the house and learn about nature. It can also help bond with home-bound folks by sharing your sightings; arrange a bird feeder so they can watch from the window.

Spending time outdoors and appreciating the environment provides quality time together. It can be a great activity for a date idea too! Researching birds and planning a local trip or vacation or festival to see them can be a great activity. For several years in a row, we drove up to Maine to go on Puffin tours – that was usually the highlight of our vacation!


7. Leads to Other Interests

When you become interested in birds, you do your best to protect their environment. This can lead to growing native plants and flowers in your yard, igniting an interest in gardening. Adding flowers attracts other pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

In my yard, there are over 50 common milkweed plants for Monarch Butterflies. By hosting these plants, I can closely monitor them for eggs and caterpillars. Over the last few years, I have released over 300 Monarchs!

A variety of other perennials provides seeds for goldfinches and other small songbirds. Sunflowers are highly treasured by all critters in my yard, including chipmunks and squirrels.

All in all, bird watching leads to a keen interest in creating and preserving a natural environment.

monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed
Clear Chrysalis

8. Connect Online

Finally, there is a huge community of birders online. Cornell University has created Merlin, a bird ID app, and eBird, which allows birders to track sightings, post photos, videos and sounds of their findings. Enthusiasts can then monitor these reports by geographic “hot spots” based on a date range. It keeps people engaged with other birders in their local area and beyond!



So there you have it, eight surprising benefits of bird watching. Birding can be done solo, with a group, with your family, or connect online to share and report your sightings. It brings you closer to nature and provides a great sense of appreciation for the environment. It has a huge economic impact, gets you outdoors and stimulates the brain.

We need birds much more than they need us.  We have to do our part to preserve, protect and educate for the future.  Make your next friend a birder!


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