We love birds. For years we have been observing them and putting up birdhouses in our backyard to provide shelter. We have also participated in FeederWatch and the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you haven’t heard of either of these, I encourage you to check them out. It is a great way to learn about the many birds living right under your nose and to help scientists track birds. My kids really enjoyed it, but truth be told, I may have come out as the true ‘bird nerd’.
This weekend, we revived our neglected bird feeder and decided to also make pine cone feeders. They are super simple and pretty. Be aware, the pine cones can be rough on the fingers!
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Peanut Butter
- Knife or spoon for spreading peanut butter
- Ribbon or string to hang pine cones
- Containers to hold birdseed and to roll coated pine cones in
Collect the pine cones. Check for critters living in them. A tiny slug crawled out of one of ours right before the peanut butter went on. We were NOT expecting that! Tie string or ribbon tightly onto the larger diameter end of the pine cone. Be sure to leave extra string for hanging onto a branch after it is coated with seed.
Slather the pine cone with peanut butter, covering the ribbon too, preferably while your dog stalks you.
Roll the pine cone into birdseed, coating all over.
Find a great spot in your yard. A low, tiny branch works well. Then sit back and watch the wildlife come. It did not take our savvy birds long to find the feeders. We saw a tufted titmice, wrens, black capped chickadees, finches, and nuthatches. *By the way, squirrels did not get the memo that these are “bird feeders”. There will be competition.