I do not like cold gloomy January. It snowed all day yesterday and my hole is completely buried. String Bean says it looks just like a sleeping polar bear. I am snug inside next to my fire but my feathered friends are cold and thirsty and do not have anything to eat. So after shoveling out I hang up peanut butter treat and scatter seed under the trees. Then I put hot water in the birdbath. Now my yard is filled with chirping and gazillions of wings fluttering about! Maybe winter isn't so bad after all. And the snow IS pretty.
Here is how to make delicious bird food:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup vegetable shortening or margarine
3 cups cornmeal
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup nuts or cracked corn or shelled seeds if you have it
chopped raisins or currents if you want
Now. You can just squoosh it into a cup and hang it from a branch, or wire it to the tree. But here is what I did; I took a piece of tree branch and drilled 1" wide holes in it. Then I filled the holes with my concoction and hung it with wire from my tree. The birds LOVE it! And they love me.