Winter will soon be here. Snow will blanket the ground and cover the bare trees with a brilliant coat of white. The crisp cold air will blow and Jack Frost will be painting your window panes.
Everyone knows that a good meal will help to keep you warm when you go out into the cold. But how about something to eat for our fine-feathered friends, the birds? Did you ever stop to think what the birds do in the wintertime for food? Unlike spring and summer when seeds and berries are plentiful, there isn’t much for the birds to eat in the winter. We can help keep the birds fed during the cold winter months. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
PINE CONE FEEDER
Two or three pine cones
Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
Wild bird seed or black sunflower seeds
You will also need a spoon and a small bowl, an old pie pan, two or three pieces of yarn (about twelve inches each), and a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (about twelve inches)
Lay the pine cones on the sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.
Take a piece of the yarn and tie it around the stem of one of the pine cones. If the pine cone doesn’t have a stem, tie the yarn around the smallest end.
Get a big spoonful of the peanut butter and smear it on the pine cone. Put enough on so that the seeds will stick.
Mix the bird seed and raisins in the pie pan. You don’t need many raisins, a handful will do.
Roll your pine cone in the seed mixture until it is covered with seeds.
Lay the pine cone on the wax paper or aluminum foil, and repeat the steps until you have as many pine cone feeders as you want.
Put the pine cones in the freezer for a few hours until the peanut butter gets hard.
Have a grown-up help you hang the feeders on a tree branch or any place that won’t be in the way or disturbed by cats or dogs. The birds need a quiet safe place to eat.
Now this is the easy part–having fun watching the birds enjoy the feast!
Suet is the hard fat from beef, and you can have Mom or Dad help you find it in just about any supermarket. You will need:
A piece of suet
A nylon bag (the kind onions come in)
A piece of yarn (one about twelve inches long and another about six inches long)
Here is how you make the suet feeder:
1. Put a piece of suet inside the nylon bag.
2. Tie the top of the bag closed with the six inch piece of yarn.
3. Tie the other piece of yarn to the top of the bag.
4. Find someone to help you hang your suet feeder.
If you really like watching the birds throughout the winter, you don’t have to stop feeding them when the cold weather is over. The birds will eat at your feeders all year long. The birds will be happy and well fed, and you will continue to have the pleasure of listening to their wonderful songs.
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