Yesterday would have been my mother's 88th birthday. She loved birds, always kept her bird feeders filled and water in the bird bath.
Yesterday in her honor, I built a bird feeder.
On the back of my property is a dilapidated old shed made out of cypress boards. I got one of those 1 x 6 cypress boards and sawed it into two pieces (for the top and bottom feeder platforms). I cut up a pine 1 x 2 for the upright supports ("weathered" them with some maple stain, some walnut stain, and some smears of gray oil house paint, so they would sort of match the old cypress boards).
Then I said to myself, "Hey, I have an idea!"
For the other feeders I've built, I used 1 x 2s for the perimeters, to keep bird seed from blowing off. This time, I cut some 1/2" diameter tree branches to length and nailed them around the top and bottom feeder platforms.
The birds like it. They enjoy alighting on actual branches instead of on 1 x 2 strips. In fact, I heard a chorus of them singing in mixed keys:
"Birdbrain went to extra fuss. We accept him, one of us!"