Elementary Science Experiments
Bird Feeders

In these elementary science experiments you will be studying the feeding habits of wild birds. Birds feeding in the wild often eat a variety of seeds, insects and other things in a variety of places.

These simple and easy science experiments can be conducted by a single individual or a group. If a group completes the project they should compare their notes with others about the variety of birds attracted to different types of feeders.

Elementary Science Experiments, Bird Feeders, Photo by Myrna MartinPine cone bird feeder

Check around before you start this experiment to find the various types of feeders that the birds in your area like to use. If you live in an apartment or have a large yard you can have fun watching the birds come to your feeders. Some birds like to eat off the ground while others prefer to eat only on the ground so you will need to find feeders that fit both locations.

Materials

  • Wild bird seed
  • Sunflower seed
  • Cracked corn
  • Suet
  • Unsalted peanut butter
  • Platform feeders
  • Hanging feeders
  • Paper and pencil
  • Bird book for reference

Directions

  1. You can purchase a variety of feeders or make your own.
  2. The picture above shows a feeder made from a large cone.
  3. To make this feeder choose a large cone that has opened to let the seed out.
  4. Take a knife and spread unsalted peanut butter on the outside.
  5. Roll the cone in wild bird see.
  6. Hang the cone from a tree with a string.
  7. To start the experiment list the different feeding stations you will be setting out.
  8. Next, list the different types of bird feed you will be providing at each station.
  9. Put each of the bird feeders out and begin watching for them to be attracted to the feeders.
  10. Each day observe the birds for several minutes three times a day.
  11. List the number and type of birds at each feeder.
  12. Try to vary the times you watch for the birds so because some may only come in the morning or evening to feed.
  13. Watch and record the birds attracted to your feeders for three weeks.
  14. This will give the birds time to find your bird feeders and begin to feed there.
  15. At the end of the experiment summarize your results in a chart.

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