Make Your Own Birdfeeder

Let’s lay the table for our feathered friends

And see who flies in for lunch today!

Do It Yourself Bird Feeder   Bird feeder pic

What you need -

Empty bottle of water or soda
Enough birdseed (or bajra/kangini) to fill more than half a bottle
Craft knife
Strong wire/ribbon/twine
Old wooden spatula/spoon
Marker
Cotton balls

• Begin by deciding exactly where your spatula will go, this will be the post for your bird to stand on while it eats.
• Mark where the holes are going to be – front and back.
• Use a craft knife to make slits in the form of an x on the bottle.
• Make a small circle with the craft knife ¬above the slits. This will be where the bird will get his food.
• Insert the wooden spoon.
• Plug the hole with a cotton ball to prevent the birdseed from spilling out. Fill the bottle with birdseed.
•Tie twine, ribbon, or wire around the top of the bottle and replace the cap. This is for hanging the bottle.
• Finally, hang it from a tree and remove the cotton ball so the birds can get to the seeds!

And voila! The refreshments are laid out and now all you have to do is wait for your merry gliding guests to pay you a visit!¬¬¬

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The list of below of Common Garden Aves (scientific name for a bird!) may help you identify your lunch guests –

Small:
House Sparrow – fast disappearing from Indian cities due to pollution, habitat and food loss
Purple Sunbird – male has metallic purple body as if dipped in oil!
Tailorbird – pale mossy green upper feathers, light terracotta crown
Ashy Prinia – slate grey uppers, rose colored underbelly and red eyes
Oriental White-eye – neon green body with a white ring around their eyes
Coppersmith Barbet – metallic tuk tuk tuk call, juvenile bird lacks red feathering around eyes

Medium Sized:
Indian Myna – common sight in the city, brown & black with white under wings
Brahminy Starling – black crown, pale orange underbelly
Pied Starling – black and brown body, orange around eyes and bright yellow beak
Jungle Babbler – grey streaky body, ‘talks’ incessantly around company
Red-whiskered Bulbul – white & brown body, black crest, red around eyes & below tail
Red-vented Bulbul – white & brown body, red below tail
Laughing Dove – brownish-pink underparts, grey feathers, black tips and speckled neck
Black Drongo – glossy black body, long tail forked at end
Rose-ringed Parakeet – a parakeet with a rose ‘necklace’
Brown-headed Barbet – speckled brown head and green lower feathers
White-throated Kingfisher – brown body, blue streak, white breast
Black-rumped Flameback – white and black eye stripe
Spotted Owlet – speckled and spotted feathers, big eyes

Medium +
House Crow – you know them when you see them!
Blue Rock Pigeon – common pigeon in our cities
Collared Dove – brownish-pink underparts, grey feathers, black tips, black collar
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon – large, olive yellow feathers, grey underparts
Asian Koel – blackish green feathers, yellow ring around the eyes

Large
Black Kite – an acrobat of the sky! Large black and brown kite with large wingspan
Grey Hornbill – prominent base at the beak, yellow tipped beak
Red-wattled Lapwing – long yellow stilt like legs, red around eyes & beak, brown/black body

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Indian Peafowl – the majestic peacock and peahen

Thinkling’s Summer Issue Codebreakers (May-June 2015) Hits the Stand Today!

We’re on a quest to crack some of the most fascinating forms of patterns and codes in our Summer Issue- Codebreakers. 

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Learn about the history of cryptography (or code-making) in Hourglass and check out some clever tricks of an ancient trade. Flip to Green Room to read about how languages are related to one another through patterns. Break the code and you open up a whole new world by understanding another civilisation!

Written patterns! Are you ready to unlock the secrets?

Find something that you want to try out or make your own? Set up a secret club with your friends, complete with a secret language.  And speaking of secrets, we’ve kept and spilled a few. Read more about it in Sticky Situations.

As you read through this issue, don’t forget to lift your head up for all the patterns around you! Building steps, pavement stones, leaf arrangements, spots on insect wings, maybe even cars at a traffic light. The world is written in patterns and codes, you just have to take the time to look. Get your copy now on http://www.thinkling.in/buy/

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Light in a bottle

All of us at Thinkling talked about what the word light means to all of us before we got down to write about it for the Autumn 2014 issue.

Willabinka Said‘Let there be Light!’ He wants to help spread the light of knowledge, he wants to see his friends face light up as he does something kind, he wants to light up all the tiny villages in far flung places, he wants to chase all the bugs that light up the summer nights. Light…. is one tiny word that means so much! 

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We came across one such person who wanted to spread the gift of light! Read this post to know more about his project and we also have DIY project just for you!

Alfredo Moser, a Brazilian Mechanic and inventor, lived in a neighbourhood that faced frequent power cuts. One day when he was playing with the sun rays passing through a bottle of water, he noticed how the ray of light bent or refracted when it passed through the water and created a circle of light. This was his ‘Eureka’ moment! This bottle of water and sunlight could light up a dark room!

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 And soon he was lighting up his neighbourhood - A simple idea that made a difference!

Fill water in a two litre plastic bottle and two caps of bleach to it (the kind used for clothes), drill a hole in the roof and Stick 1/3rd of the bottle out. The Sunlight does the rest of it; the refraction of sunlight through this bottle helps light up a dark room. This bottle produces light that is 40-60 watts, and is absolutely free once it is installed.

MyShelter Foundation adopted this idea and started a movement called ‘Liter of Light’. There are lots of homes, especially in urban slums where houses are built so close to one other that even on a bright sunny day, no light seeps in. This ‘Solar Bulb’ has been used to light homes of millions of poor people in countries like Philipines, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Argentina, Fiji and many more!

Put refraction to some use in this simple project! Try it today!

 You will need:

  • A cardboard box
  • Water
  • One or two-capful bleach
  • A plastic bottle – A small 300 ml water bottle will also work if you have small carton
  • A-4 size Black paper

1. Fill the bottle with water.

2. Add one to two capfuls of bleach to the bottle to prevent moss from growing in the water and taking over your bottle bulb!

3. Cut out a hole on the roof of the box- just enough for 1/3rd of the bottle to stick out. Seal it in so it does not slip out. Close the box.

4. Roll an A-4 sheet into a cylinder and use this as a cover for the top of the bottle that is sticking out

5. Cut out a small window on the side of the box.

6. Remove the black cover from the top of the bottle and peep in through the window. It is lit up!

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(cardboard box pictures credit: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Fort-With-Solar-Bottle-Bulb/)

Turn this simple cardboard box into a neat project – you could create a whole secret city, an Amazonian jungle even inside the box! Fix the bottle, cut out a window and there you go – A perfect lit up gift for anyone!

You can also put this to real use in your house if you have shed that needs lighting up or know of a slum near your house. This Bottle of Light can light up someone’s Day! You must visit the website – http://aliteroflight.org/ to know more about how this project is helping millions of people around the world!