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November 1, 2011

Kind News Story: Feeding Our Feathered Friends

Help birds get through the winter

bird cardinal at winter birdfeeder

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Winter can be a tough time for birds. Berries, bugs, and seeds are scarce.

You can help make sure birds have plenty to eat and drink this winter. Create an outdoor cafeteria for them! Just keep these tips in mind:

● Hang feeders away from shrubs or brush piles. Other animals can hide in these places and jump out to attack the birds.

● Remember the ground feeders! Some birds prefer to eat near the ground. If there is snow below your feeder, stamp it down so that seeds won’t sink out of sight.

● Don’t forget the water! Fill a trash can lid or shallow bowl with water. Check it regularly to be sure the water hasn’t frozen. Refill it with fresh water each time you refill your feeders.

Homemade Treats

Put together some snacks for wild birds to eat! Hang the treats from trees or fence posts.

Fruity Wreaths

  • stale bagel
  • peanut butter mixed with a little cornmeal
  • cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, nuts
    Spread the peanut butter/cornmeal mix on the cut side of a stale bagel. Decorate your “wreath” with the fruit and nuts. Tie a loop of string through the bagel. Note: Remove and discard the wreath if the bagel becomes moldy.

Nutty Buddies

  • pinecone
  • peanut butter mixed with a little cornmeal
  • birdseed
    Tie a length of string onto a pinecone. Smear the pinecone with the peanut butter/cornmeal mix and roll it in birdseed.

Breakfast Baskets

  • oranges
  • black oil sunflower seeds
  • raisins, apple chunks, peanuts
    Cut oranges in half and scoop out the insides. Poke holes on opposite sides. Knot yarn through the holes and tie at the top. Fill each bowl with fruit, nuts, and seeds.
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