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When the weather gets cold, we can share our “bounty” with those around us, including our feathered friends living outside our homes and in our neighborhoods. The birds you see in these cold winter months are those who have decided to stay in the area—either as permanent residents or winter tourists—and a little kindness can go a long way.

Pine cone birdfeeders

You’ll need:

  • Foil or wax paper
  • String
  • Large pine cones
  • Peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • Birdseed

Instructions

Use a large piece of foil or wax paper for your work area. Tie a piece of string around the pine cone, leaving 6-8 inches to attach the feeder to a tree branch. Spread peanut butter all over the pine cone and into the crevices. Roll in mixed birdseeds. Hang from a tree branch for birds.

Homemade Suet

You will need

  • 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2 Cups Cornmeal
  • 2 Cups Quick Cook Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • Melt shortening and peanut

Instructions

Melt shortening and peanut butter together and blend. Stir in the rest of ingredients. Pour the mixture into a square container about 1-1/2 inches thick. Allow it to cool, then cut it into squares and store in the freezer.

Other Treats

Berries: Collect bunches of red berries from holly, highbush cranberry, viburnum, spicebush and dogwood. Tie a string around each bunch and hang them on a tree.

Pine cones: Tie a string around a pine cone smeared with peanut butter and rolled in wild bird seed mix and hang it on a tree.

Popcorn: String plain popped popcorn with a needle and thread and hang these natural garlands on a tree or bush.

Suet cake ornaments: Put a homemade suet cake in an empty red plastic mesh bag from vegetables and hang it on a tree.

Indian corn: Tie a string about the end of the corn and hang it on the tree.

 

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