or Treats for the Tweets
Invite some new, feathered friends to your house by making the bird treats featured in Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. They require just a few, simple ingredients and are just messy enough to make that lots of fun will ensue. Once the treats are finished and hanging outdoors just remember to be patient – birds take a bit to warm up to something new, but once they do they just might start knocking on your door and asking for more!
All of the following activities were adapted from the following website: A Home for Wild Birds
- 1/2 cup lard or Crisco
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup wild birdseed (purchased, or mixed from the suggested ingredients, at the bottom of this post)
- Stir the lard or shortening and peanut butter together.
- Add the other ingredients and mix well.
- Use to make a Hanging Bird Treat (see below); spread on a wooden platform bird feeder; or fill muffin tins 1/4” full and freeze, then use in a suet feeder (this last option works best in cold weather, as the peanut butter and lard will melt!).
Hanging Bird Treats
- Bread slices
- Cookie sheet
- Cookie cutter
- Bird Suet (see above)
- Drinking straw
- Ribbon, sting, or twine
You will need 1 piece of bread for each Hanging Bird Treat that you want to make.
- Lay bread slices on a cookie sheet.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
- Pine cone
- Peanut Butter
- Ribbon, twine, or sting
- Spoon or plastic knife
- Pie plate or large plate
- Tie a piece of twine or string to the top of the pine cone.
- Use a spoon or plastic knife to fill all the openings of the pine cone with peanut butter.
- Pour the birdseed into a plate or pie plate.
- Roll the peanut butter-covered pine cone in the birdseed (If needed, gently press the seed to help it stick to the peanut butter).
- Hang the feeder from a tree branch outside.
Note: You can also use the Bird Suet recipe, above, to fill the pine cone. Roll the coated pine cone in more birdseed, if desired.
Make Your Own Wild Bird Food
Here is a list of suggested ingredients for making your own wild bird food.
- Orange slices
- Chopped nuts
- Dried cranberries
- Graham crackers crumbs
- Whole wheat flour
- Peanut butter (crunchy is best)
- Chopped apples
- Black oil sunflower seeds
- Dry bread
- Stale crackers
- Dried cherries or berries
Now that you've made treats for your feathered friends, get ready to make your own 'bird seed' treats tomorrow! Sign up for e-mail updates so you won't miss it!