How do you make a bird blind?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

To make a bird blind, you don’t need fancy equipment or materials. You can easily create a simple yet effective blind using objects you already have at home or in your backyard. Let’s go through a step-by-step process to make a bird blind that will allow you to observe and photograph birds up close without disturbing them.

Materials needed:
– Latticework or wooden fence
– Rope or string
– Sheet or large cardboard box
– Scissors or knife

1. Choose a suitable location: Find a spot in your yard or near a bird-friendly area where you often see birds. It should have a clear view of the surroundings and be relatively undisturbed.

2. Select your blind structure: The first option is to use the latticework of a deck or a wooden fence. If you have a deck or fence with gaps between the slats, this can provide a perfect framework for your bird blind. Alternatively, you can use a large cardboard box from a new appliance, such as a washer or dryer, or even a sheet hung over a rope.

3. Prepare the latticework blind: If you choose to use a deck or fence, identify an area where you can comfortably sit or stand behind the latticework. Cut a small viewing hole at eye level, ensuring that it allows you to observe the birds without disturbing them. You can use scissors or a knife to make the hole. Be careful not to damage the structure or yourself during this process.

4. Set up the sheet blind: If you opt for a sheet blind, tie a rope or string between two sturdy supports, such as trees or poles. Hang the sheet over the rope, creating a curtain-like structure. Leave enough space at the bottom to peek through comfortably. You can secure the sheet with clothespins or weights if needed.

5. Arrange the cardboard box blind: For a cardboard box blind, cut out one side of the box to create an opening. Place the box in a suitable location, ensuring that the open side faces the area where the birds are likely to appear. You can sit or crouch behind the box, using the opening as your viewing window.

6. Camouflage the blind: To make the blind blend in with its surroundings, consider adding natural elements like branches or leaves to the structure. This will help you remain inconspicuous to the birds while observing them.

7. Patience and observation: Once your bird blind is set up, it’s time to exercise patience. Find a comfortable position behind the blind and remain as still and quiet as possible. Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that could scare the birds away. Spend time observing their behavior, taking photographs if desired.

Remember, creating a bird blind is not just about the structure itself but also about understanding bird behavior, knowing where and when to set up the blind, and respecting the birds’ space. Enjoy the experience of connecting with nature and capturing beautiful moments of birdlife in a respectful and non-intrusive way.