Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | July 12, 2010

Hummingbird Bath

Hummingbird Bath

Hummingbird Bath

Time needed: 1 hour

This carrot birdbath is just the thing to refresh little visitors and slow them down long enough for some awesome observation.

Materials:

· A thick carrot

· Vegetable peeler

· Bamboo skewer

· Red yarn

Instructions:

1. Cut an inch off the top of a thick carrot and then, starting in the center, use the tip of a vegetable peeler to hollow out a well approximately 2 inches deep and 1 inch wide. (This shallow bath is plenty big enough for birds accustomed to bathing in tiny puddles or on dew-laden leaves.)

2. Push the pointed end of a 4- to 6-inch-long bamboo skewer (sold in grocery stores) through the walls of the carved well about an inch from the top.

3. Tie a piece of red yarn (hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, especially red) around each end of the skewer. Then tie the loose ends of the yarn pieces together over a low branch or clothesline. Keep the well filled with water and be sure to check it often for visitors.

Tips:

Humminbirds are attracted to the color red. To up the odds of viewing a visitor, hang a pot of red flowers near the bath or tie a few red ribbons on nearby branches.

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