Holiday Bird Feeding: Treating Birds to A Winter Feast
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you’re probably planning what side dishes to serve with the turkey for your holiday meal. So while you’re planning what to dish up for your family and friends this holiday season, you should be planning what to feed your feathered friends for this time of year as well!
Now that the cooler weather is upon us, the birds that have been visiting your yard during the summer are in need of nutritious food more than ever. As winter arrives, birds will be searching from dawn until dusk for food to keep themselves healthy. Their bodies need to maintain a 108 degree temperature, and this requires that they consume quite a few calories.
High fat treats such as suet and peanut butter are especially beneficial and will attract a wide variety of birds to your yard. Suet can be expensive, but there are less expensive options that can also turn into a fun family craft. A decorative and simple option is to make your own natural feeder using pine cones, peanut butter, and seed. Simply gather pine cones from your yard, tie a ribbon around the top, spread a generous clump of smooth peanut butter all over, and roll the pine cone in bird seed. By hanging these natural feeders on the pine trees in your yard, they will double as homemade outdoor ornaments.
So as you spend your holidays enjoying delicious food with your family and friends, be sure the birds continue to think of your yard as the best stop in town for a tasty meal!