Sunday, 17 January 2010

Feed The Birds

At this time of year it's important to feed the birds. The low temperature has affected them too. I've been making seed feeders using pine cones and hanging them in the garden. I've spotted birds that wouldn't usually venture in to gardens unless very cold or hungry!


Open pine cones
Bird seed
Leftover fat (cooled down, but warm) or shop bought dripping
Ribbon or string
Blunt butter knife or spoon
And someone who doesn't mind getting all sticky!

Using an open cone like this means you can cram it full of mixture!

Place ribbon or wool around the cone and tie to secure. If you want to be really fancy you can screw a net curtail eye to bottom of cone.

Put the warm fat in the bowl and mix in the seed with your spoon.
Stuff it in to the pine cone and leave to dry for fifteen minutes.

Now hang up in the garden and watch for those birdies!


workshyfop said...

I feed the birds every morning, they generally arrive about 10. I add sultanas & mealworm to birdseed to make it more nourishing & attract more birds. Mr & Mrs Blackbird enjoy pecking at apples cut in half & also like grapes. Try it x

Ellie said...

Great blog - love the knitted monkeys!

Sally said...

A wonderful and easy project to help all the poor little birdies in such cold days... hope you had great success with yours! ;o)
My husband is working on a birdhouse to put in our garden, we never had one before but we do hope it will be of some help and comfort to those little creatures.
Can't wait to see your next wool chaps. :o)

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