Our Solstice Tree is finally bare and up in the yard waiting for the bird treats and bird "bed and breakfasts" (birdhouses covered with peanut butter and bird seed) to be hung. We are going try a bunch of recipes and see which ones are a hit.
Bird Cake #1
1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup mixed Wild Bird Seed
1 Cup Sunflower Seed
Bird Cake #2
2 Cups Bread Crumbs
1 Handful Nuts (unsalted)
3 Chopped Apples
2 Handfuls raisins
1/4 Cup Cornmeal
1 8 0z. Jar Peanut Butter
1 Cup Wild Bird Seed
Mix ingredients and add enough bacon drippings to hold it all together. Shape into balls or press into pine cones.
We will also make a simple Suet Feeder out of a milk carton by simply pouring the hot ingredients into the carton, letting cool and cutting the sides out.
Other ingredients that can be mixed in or just set out on your feeder are: Ground eggs shells, fine gravel or sand (for grit), cheese, dry cereal, coconut (raw), cornbread, cracker crumbs, ears of sweet corn and the seeds from all of your veggies!
and Zoe's Favorite bird treat the old standard" Peanut Butter Pine Cone"
-3 parts peanut butter
-1 part grit (Grit can be corn meal, stale bread crumbs or cracker crumbs, or finely chopped stale nuts. Peanut butter from a jar can stick in a bird's throat so a form of grit is necessary to prevent choking).
Directions: Tie a string around wide end of pine cone, leaving at least 5" on both ends for tying cone to a tree or feeder. Place peanut butter in microwave until soft. Stir grit into peanut butter in a deep bowl. Roll pine cone in peanut butter and then dip and roll in bird seed. Allow to sit on wide end of cone for at least 1/2 hour before hanging.
Zoe's favorite bird book is
Birds Calls (Play the Sounds, Pull the Tabs) by Frank Gallo
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