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Build a Bird Blind

birds are fun to watch!

Do you want to watch birds up close? Then build a bird blind. Blinds are a way to camouflage yourself so that the birds can't see you. If they can't see you, they'll often get closer to you. Pick a good spot, maybe overlooking a bird feeder.

You'll Need:

  • Three, 5-foot long 2 inch x 2 inch pieces of lumber
  • 10 feet of clothesline
  • wooden clothespins
  • green or brown full-size sheet or bedspread
  • scissors
  • leafy twigs

To get started, lay the first piece of lumber down and tie the clothesline around it, about one hand length down from the top.

Next, lay the second board down next to it and tie the twine around it too. Leave a little space between the two pieces of wood. Keep going until you've tied the rope around all three pieces of lumber.

Now, you need to tie the two ends of the rope together, so that the tops of the boards are tied together in a circle.

Okay, so far, so good. You may need a friend to help you with the next step. Stand the boards up on their ends with the tied ends at the top. Let the tied ends rest against one another, and spread out the bottom ends of the branches into a wide circle. It will look like the frame for a teepee. Take the loose ends of the rope and tie them all the way around the boards one last time, so that it's good and secure.

Now, you can cover the frame with an old brown or green sheet. If you need to, you can use clothespins to hold the fabric in place. Take a scissors to cut a couple of viewing holes—big enough to peek out with binoculars or maybe a camera. Finally, you can attach some loose leaves or branch prunings to your blind with leftover clothespins.

Voila! You're ready to climb in, sit quietly and get a close up view of your neighborhood birds.



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