I just love this time of year! I love the spirit of the season, the fresh bakes smells in the house and I love to give gifts made from my heart.
Where I live, it is pretty cold in the winter and once it starts snowing, it pretty much snows a little every day nearly all winter. Yesterday we had snow the entire day. It was one of those beautiful snowy days where it was a little more than a flurry, but not a blizzard. We only got about 4 inches the entire day, but the trees are covered with snow, the mountains and the ground is covered in that fresh layer of white. It is absolutely beautiful out there.
Anyway, during the snowy days, our bird feeders seem to be visited more than Times Square during the holidays. We get woodpeckers, chickadees, blue jays and nuthatches to name a few species. We make sure that our bird feeders and suet holders stay full so we can feed our feathered friends during the hard times of winter. For the holidays, I usually make some really cute birdseed ornaments and other treats for the birds to hang in our trees and add a special "tweet" to their tummies:))
Today, I thought I would share a few of the things that I enjoy doing for the wild birds around my house! ...and who knows, after reading this YOU might just want to be a bird and hang outside my house too:))...
First of all, I always send my hubby out to collect pinecones. Its not really like he is making a special trip, he is usually out and about in the woods on the four-wheeler or a snowmobile or out hunting anyway. I just have him collect pinecones along the way.
I take a mixture of peanut butter and cornmeal and spread it on the pinecone and then roll the pinecone in birdseed. I attach a little bit of yarn to the top (you might actually want to put the yarn on BEFORE the peanut butter and seed mixture) and tie them out in the tree where the birds can eat them and I can enjoy looking at them out our sunroom windows.
Very simple and a great treat for the little guys hanging outside out house!
Another neat treat for the birds is stringing some popcorn as garland or some Cheerios and cranberries (or natural berries from your area). The birds love these garlands and eat them for a good part of the winter. I love looking at the trees all decorated outside the house and seeing all the little visitors that come to eat our buffet:))
What do you do for your birds during the holidays? Leave me a comment and let me know!