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Holiday Treats for the Birds
you're making your list of holiday presents for your friends and
relatives, don't forget to include your backyard birds!
With the cold weather settling in, the birds appreciate the treats
you provide for them. It's easy and fun to make treats for birds
-- it's a great afternoon project for kids, too.
During the holidays, we all love to see colorful decorations. Why
not add some to your backyard that also feed the birds! Here are
- Wreaths for birds. A giant sunflower head can
make a great wreath. Just remove the center, add a wire to the
back to hang the wreath and hang it from a branch or at your bird
feeding station. Add colorful fruit, millet sprays or peanuts
to the sunflower head to dress it up.
You can also make a wreath by decorating a metal wreath frame
with edible seeds and fruits, like millet sprays, winterberry
branches, juniper branches or small cobs of corn.
Outdoor Christmas Tree Decorations. When you're
done with your Christmas tree inside, place it outside and decorate
it with bird treats. Here's a list of ideas:
Peanut Strings. String peanuts in the
shell and wrap it around the tree. It will keep birds busy
for weeks, including chickadees, nuthatches, bluejays, woodpeckers
and other seed eating birds.
Doughnuts. Get some day-old donuts, tie
a string to them and hang them from the tree.
Raisins. Take a needle and string and
make strings of raisins to hang on the tree. Make little
wreaths or long string of raisins.
Fruit slices. Slice fruit, attach a string
or wire and hang them from the tree. Oranges, persimmons
and apples are readily eaten by lots of birds.
Pinecones and peanut butter. Spread peanut
butter on and into pinecones and hang them from the tree.
Suet bags. Place suet in red mesh onion
bags and hang from the tree. To make the bags go farther,
cut them into 5-inch squares and wrap them around small
chunks of suet. Close it shut with a twist tie or colorful
ribbon and hang them from the tree.
from Your Cupboards
Here's a chance to clean out your cupboard and feed the birds at
the same time. Got a half-empty bag of dried-out raisins? Does that
peanut butter in the cupboard look a little old? How about some
really old cornmeal? What about some ancient molasses that you haven't
used in a few years? Well, get all that stuff out of your cupboard
and pour it all into a bowl. Mix it together into a meal or chunks
and place it out for the birds. You can offer it in a tray or scoop
it into colorful containers. Got some old oranges in the fridge?
Cut them in half, scoop out the fruit, put a string through the
rind for hanging and spoon the peanutbutter mixture into the orange
rind. Hang it from tree branches or at your feeders and watch the
birds flock in.
In winter, fat is fuel for birds. And peanut butter and suet are
favorite bird treats in the winter. You can offer these by themselves
in trays, containers, spread into pine cones or stuffed into holes
in wood logs.
If your treats disappear quickly, buy cheap buckets of peanut butter
as a fat source. Suet is kinda' cheap, too, and can be purchased
at the meat department of most grocery stores or can be bought already
processed in packages at bird seed sections of stores.
So when you're out and about shopping for holiday presents this
year, don't forget to add bird treats to your list!