It is Autumn, and with winter fast approaching, it will be cold outside, and the wild birds that live around your home, in your bushes and trees, are going to find it hard to get enough food to keep their bellies full, so that they can stay warm throughout the winter.
You can help them by providing them with some tasty and nutritious treats all winter long.
You like peanut butter don't you? Well, did you know that birds love peanut butter, too? You can make a wonderful peanut butter snack for the birds at your house that is really good and healthy for them. They're fun to make and it's even more fun to watch the birds enjoy their tasty treats!
Mix these ingredients together:1 cup of chunky peanut butter, 3 cups of coarsely ground cornmeal, 1 cup solid (not liquid) vegetable shortening, some good quality birdseed blend that contains some nutritious black oil sunflower seed. If you want you can also mix in some dried fruit like raisins or cranberries, and even some unsalted peanuts. Now you can simply place your "peanut butter stuffing" in old butter/margarine containers or shape it into balls and hang it in mesh bags. But I think it's more fun to create some special birdseed ornaments!
Find some good sized pine cones that are fairly open with lots of room for your "peanut butter stuffing". Tie a string or yarn around the base of the pine cone that can be used to hang the pine cone later.
Use your hands to squeeze and pack the "stuffing" into the spaces between the scales of the cone. If your "stuffed" cone is sticky enough you can roll it in a paper plate of birdseed to add more seed. Hang your pine cone bird seed ornaments in a tree by a window so you can watch the birds enjoy their home-made treats!
You may need to get some help with this one but it's a fun idea.
Be sure to place it where you can watch them! Periodically "refill" your wreath with more "stuffing".