Thursday, December 22, 2011
Theme Thursday: The Night Tree
The book is about a family that goes out in the woods to hunt for a tree. You might assume they're going to cut one down. But no, this is a different kind of outing. And the "gift" is for the birds.
They've brought handmade treats to hang on the tree for the birds and critters.
After reading the book, why not make some of your own bird treats? And hang them on your own trees? Here are some ideas:
Cover a pinecone with peanut butter, then roll it in birdseed. Hang it from a string on a tree.
Make some homemade suet. Melt 2 cups of lard (get it from your butcher!) and 1 cup of peanut butter together, then add 2 cups of corn meal and cool. Choose your own add-ins. Try seeds, raisins, cereal or oats. Or just skim the fat off soups and soak it up with stale bread. Put it in a suet holder. Woodpeckers love this.
I love the rose-colored house finches. We had one gift us with a visit last week.
Use a piece of wood at least a foot long. Leave the bark on, if you like. Ask Father screw a sturdy ring on one end. Can he drill several holes down and around? big enough to hold small paper cups? Fill these cups with several mixtures. Suet and bird seed. Suet and nut meats. Suet and peanut better. Put cups in holds.
Hang your Finch Feeder near a window. But not where cats can climb. Then watch the rosy finches feed on Fathers Fancy Finch Feeder.
Isn't Father wonderful?
(from "A Child's Christmas Cookbook" by Betty Chancellor)
Attracting Birds (And Keeping them Happy)