With our cold and wintery weather I’ve been more conscientious about feeding our feathered friends.
I had some special guests at my table with our snow showers last week.
In addition to keeping our bird feeders filled, I put out a winter buffet for seed, nut and fruit eaters.
I spread a mixture of cornmeal and peanut butter on some apples and then dipped them in a blend of seed for fruit-eating birds.
Unsalted peanuts in the shell will be enjoyed by larger birds like jays, woodpeckers, and grackles.
Peanut butter contains beneficial fat and protein for winter months and cornmeal contains fat, fiber, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and folate, beneficial to bird health.
I made a feeder using my bundt pan as a mold for bird seed wreath. I used the same technique as with my bird seed ornaments.
This is quick, easy and ready to hang in 24 hours!
Here’s what you need:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
Bundt pan or mold
If you want to fill your bundt pan, you’ll need to double the ingredients.
I’ve made a couple of these feeder wreaths since Christmas. I found by trial and error that the wreath will hold its form longer as birds the chip away at it, if you use a circle of wire in middle of the mold to give it some stability, similar to rebar in concrete.
Spray your bundt pan/mold liberally with nonstick spray. Mix the gelatin packet with hot water until dissolved. Stir in the flour and corn syrup until mixed with the gelatin, then add your birdseed and combine. Pour or scoop your mixture into your pan or mold, pressing down with the back of a spoon. If you’re using a wire ring in the middle of your mold, add half your mixture, then the wire, then top the wire the seed. Place your mold in the refrigerator or somewhere cold (I placed mine on the porch) to set and firm up. After 24 hours, unmold your seed wreath. Mine popped right out but you may have allow your pan to warm up a bit first.
Pine cones make an easy winter feeder for birds with a mixture of cornmeal, peanut butter and seed. (I don’t measure, just adding cornmeal to the peanut butter until it has a gritty texture.) Tie some twine around the pine cone before you coat it in your peanut butter/seed mixture for easy hanging on trees. I hung some on a rake by Potting Shed.
Our Carolina Chickadees are always curious and seem to be the first to investigate and visit any new feeders.
They were followed by some American goldfinches and Dark-eyed Junco at the seed buffet.
The cold temperatures had me heading indoors, so I didn’t get a photo of birds feasting at the wreath.
If I had to guess, I would say the birds weren’t the only ones enjoying the seed buffet.
The folks at Hometalk asked if I would curate a board on bird feeders. They made this graphic that links to some creative DIY bird feeding inspiration that I clipped. I don’t know how classy these feeders are, but some are definitely in a class by themselves, including an Upcycled Hillbilly Birdfeeder :) and Repurposed Twin Bird Silverplate Platters Feeder!
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