Bird-Friendly Holiday Décor

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Along with dressing up your home for the holidays, how about “decorating” your garden too? Eye catching, edible ornaments are the perfect outdoor décor to attract winter birds. Not only will you share your holiday spirit with your local feathered friends, you’ll also help them to better survive the winter. You may even attract new bird species along the way!

So, how should you start? First off, designate the trees─ideally those within view from rooms you spend time in, so family members can enjoy watching the birds explore and feast. The trees you select should have plenty of widely spaced branches so multiple birds can easily access the treats.

As for your ornaments, they can be simple or complex. One approach is to create strings of cheerios, popcorn, peanuts in the shell, or fruit─such as grapes, cranberries, or apple chunks. You can also hang whole fruit, like small apples, apricots, plums, etc.

Another easy, well received treat is an array of pine cones slathered with 100% natural peanut butter, and sprinkled with birdseed, chopped almonds, raisins, dried cranberries, bread crumbs, sunflower seeds, or cracker bits. You can also dress and hang pretzels or pieces of toasted bread the same way.

Be sure to include nutritious items, rich in healthy oils, to give birds plenty of energy to build fat reserves for frosty winter nights. Feeling ambitious? How about making bird cakes from suet─a type of cow fat─which will both delight and nourish your growing winged population. Learn how here: www.attractwildbirds.com/feedingbirds/how-to-make-suet.htm

If you’re willing to take the time, you’re likely to find that feeding birds in winter is a very rewarding way to enjoy nature in your own backyard─even when you’re shut in by winter’s chill. For more tips on feeding winter birds, visit the following sites:

www.motherearthsgarden.com

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