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WILD ABOUT BIRDS: Don’t leave the birds out of holiday feasting

Larry Collins
WILD ABOUT BIRDS
Free Press Home & Garden Columnist

We all ate pretty well on Thanksgiving and anticipate doing the same thing on Christmas. How did the birds fare? Probably not as well as we did. If your birds are making you feel guilty, here are a couple of recipes for bird treats you can make to help them celebrate the holiday season:

How about an outdoor Christmas tree for the birds containing some of the following:

Strung popcorn garland



Strung fresh cranberries

Thick fresh orange slices



Dried apple rings

Dried figs on a string

Pinecones packed with suet, nuts, and raisins

Pinecones packed with peanut butter mixed with cornmeal or seed

Bird-shaped bird seed cookies (no salt)

Tiny fresh crab apples with stem

Baby dried corn bundles

Rice cakes

Red flame seedless grapes tied up in bunches

Peanuts in the shell under the tree

Corn on the cob under the tree

STUFFING FOR PINECONES

1 cup chunky peanut butter

1 cup suet (optional)

2 ½ cups coarse yellow corn meal to thicken

Raisins and/or peanuts

Pinecones and twine to hang

Mix chunky peanut butter, suet, and corn meal together and then pack the mixture into pinecones.

MARVEL MEAL

1 part vegetable shortening

3 parts yellow cornmeal

1 part white or whole wheat flour

1 part finely cracked corn

Mix the ingredients together. If the results are too sticky, add more cornmeal. This mixture can then be stuffed into a pinecone. You can also make a simple feeder for the mixture by hollowing out a half orange or grapefruit and filling the cavity with the mixture. Hang the orange or grapefruit by attaching string to it.

The birds get to enjoy the fruits of our labor, and we get to enjoy watching the birds eat these treats. A great win-win situation.

Local bird expert Larry Collins owns Wild Birds Unlimited, 2454 Hwy. 6&50, which caters to folks who want the best backyard birdfeeding experience possible. Email your birdfeeding and birding questions to lcollins1@bresnan.net and he’ll answer them in his bi-weekly Q&A column in the Free Press.


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