A Tree For The Birds

My kids have been playing in the snow every afternoon lately.  It’s been cold and blustery, but it doesn’t slow them down much.

Snowy-day

We’ve noticed that there is a family of little birds in our front yard too.  They were too shy to have their pictures taken, but they are flitting around here and singing their little winter songs.

Bird-houseWe decided to give them a little winter treat.  Yep, we’d trim a tree for the birds.  We started by making a popcorn and cranberry garland.  Then we gathered some pinecones and spread peanut butter all over them.

Jason-making-pinecone-ornamentAnd then rolled them in birdseed.

Isa-making-pinecone-ornamentWe tied a string around each one so it could hang on the branches of our tree for the birds.

Tyler-tying-strings-on-ornamentsThen we went to work on some birdseed ornaments.  We mixed up some birdseed batter.

Mixing-up-birdseed-ornamentsIt’s made by combining 1/2 cup water, 2 Tbsp. corn syrup, 3/4 flour, and 4 cups of birdseed.  Just pour them all in a bowl and mix them together.  Scoop the mixture into cookie cutters on top of waxed paper and pack them tightly.

Birdseed-ornaments-in-cookie-cutterThen let them sit out to dry for at least four hours.  When they’re dry, use a needle and some baker’s twine to tie their strings on.

Birdseed-ornaments-dryingTime to bundle up and decorate our tree!  We chose a little tree in our yard near where the birds have been flitting about.  We hung the garland and the ornaments all over the branches.  And yes, we whistled and sang, “. . . feed the birds, tuppence a bag, tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag . . .”  Because it’s impossible not to when you’re trimming a tree for the birds.

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Popcorn-cranberry-garland-(2)

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Pinecone-seed-ornament

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It turned out very fine indeed.  Hopefully the birds like their tree too.

Tree-for-the-birdsWe’ll be keeping an eye open for them.  Hopefully we’ll have some bird sketches to add to our nature journals soon.

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