If you live in a suburban to rural area and have birds a plenty visiting your backyard, building a bird hide is a perfect activity for you and your family.
A bird hide, also called a bird blind in North America, is a structure that’s used to help camouflage you while you watch and/or get great photos of wildlife.
We were giving our yard a general spring clean-up and I was chopping some of the palm branches to keep them away from the fence. Rather than lumping them into the trailer and taking them to the dump, I thought the cut offs could be used to make a nice observation bird hide instead.
What you’ll need to build a bird hide
- sturdy sticks (we used palm branches)
- palm fronds or other natural materials
- guy lines
- tent pegs
How to build a bird hide
- Lash two poles together to make a V. Do both sides of the bird hide.
- Next, stand up the two sides and place a pole/stick on top. My eldest daughter held it while I did a similar knot to keep the frame sturdy.
- Use some guy lines secure your bird hide. I used some from our camping set. You could also make your own here.
- Now place all the palm fronds and other natural materials on the top.
We spent a few mornings sitting in the hide, watching the birds fly on to our fence and then onto the neighbour’s roof.
It was hard getting up-close photos of birds while in the hide, but that’s only due to our house location and perhaps my lack of patience!
I did score a nice picture of our little regular visitor to the flowers outside of our window (the reason I set up the bird hide in that location in the first place). I’m fairly certain it’s a brown honey eater.
The best thing about this bird hide is that it’s versatile.
After you’ve used it as a bird hide, turn it into a nature hut, fairy house, bird nest or hide out. The way it can be used seems endless and we’re still enjoying it!