Songbird Tower

Bring delight to both birds and bird watchers. Clever design, multiple levels, and generous capacity combine for a backyard project that’s easy to build.

One of the most pleasant reminders that spring has returned — more than green leaves and blue skies — is hearing the birds sing again. Of course, even if you aren’t a fan of their warbling or their colors, having some feathered fellows nearby is still a boon. Few animals eat as many bugs as songbirds do. Whether you’re looking for a summer seranade or a few backyard guardians, this tower bird feeder is an excellent way to make sure the birds visit your home. The main body of the tower is essentially a large tube. Windowed sides and retainers within hold plexiglass panels in place. Small holes in the plexiglass allow the tower to act as a gravity feeder for the birds. You may have noticed as well that, rather than simple dowels, trays sit in front of the windows. These are relatively small, and won’t provide purchase to larger birds like blackbirds, grackles, and crows who will often scare away their smaller cousins. As shown in the photo, the roof is left loose, so it can be easily removed to refill the tower. Its sweeping design, inspired by the curved, pyramid-shaped “hogyo” roofs of Japan, allows the wind to blow easily by. Additionally, the whole tower is made of cypress, a rather stable softwood. Similar to cedar, the natural oils in cypress make it resistant to rotting and warping. If you’re looking for a beautiful and long-lasting way to bring the birds in, you won’t go wrong with this tower.

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  • 8 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 41 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
  • Hardware sources and materials list

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