I live on an acreage with lots of trees that house lots of birds. During the warmer seasons, I love sitting outside listening to them sing and chat to each other. I even put fruit and seeds on tree stumps next to the house so I can watch the songs birds all the time and hear them when I open the windows. But in the winter, they have to work a little harder to find their food and I don’t get to enjoy them quite as much.
I don’t have a traditional bird feeder because I’m fairly certain the squirrels would destroy it. So every winter, I try to find a new clever way to feed these beautiful birds. I’ve tried all sorts of things; popcorn and cranberries strung from the trees, iced berry and seed wreaths, clusters of lard and seed, etc. But they never really attract any birds and don’t last through the first storm. So this year< I am trying something different – Pincone Feeders. They are super simple and easy for even the younger members of your family to make.
- Pinecones, preferably open
- Peanut butter
- Oatmeal or cornmeal
- Birdseed mix from the store (you can make it high energy by adding some extra sunflower seeds or chopped nuts)
- Plate or pie tin
- Tie a string around the pinecone.
- Mix ½ cup peanut butter with ½ cup oats/cornmeal.
- Use a spoon (or fingers!) to spread the mixture onto the pinecone. Make sure to get the mixture into the open areas of the pinecone. It’s easier if the mixture is warm.
- Place birdseed in pie tin. Roll and press seed onto pinecone until well covered.
- Hang your pinecone feeder in a tree just outside you window. Try to place it away from the tree trunk so it’s more difficult for squirrels to get to it.
I cant wait to see if the birds love snacking on this treat as much as I enjoyed making it.
Until next time,