Decorative Treats for Birds: Feeding the birds

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Decorative Treats for Birds

By Sharon
December 17, 2012

If you have grapevines or wisteria that need a winter trim, here's an idea that your feathered friends will love.

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Name: Vicki
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Dec 16, 2012 6:15 PM CST
I love how you did the wreath for them to stand on Thumbs up

Great recipe! I so enjoy feeding the birds and watching them at the feeder Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Dec 16, 2012 6:24 PM CST
I remember that you hang peanut butter/seed apples for your birds too, Vic. Fun to watch them feast.
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Dec 16, 2012 6:24 PM CST
I've always wondered...doesn't the peanut butter stick their beaks together? Blinking
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Sharon
Dec 16, 2012 6:31 PM CST
Doesn't seem to, probably no more than suet.
Bird beaks are powerful things!
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Dec 16, 2012 7:21 PM CST
Sssssweeeeet!
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Sharon
Dec 16, 2012 7:32 PM CST
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kqcrna
Dec 16, 2012 9:35 PM CST
If I did that, I'd have 500 tree rats (squirrels) lapping up the pb within 5 minutes Hilarious!

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Sharon
Dec 16, 2012 9:56 PM CST
I have lots of squirrels here, but for whatever reason they never touch cheap peanut butter unless I add nuts to the mix. But the truth is, I added a little cayenne pepper to the mix as well. Maybe that kept them away?

Hmmmmmm, maybe I should try that on my tomatoes next summer.
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kqcrna
Dec 16, 2012 10:00 PM CST
Sharon said:I have lots of squirrels here, but for whatever reason they never touch cheap peanut butter unless I add nuts to the mix. But the truth is, I added a little cayenne pepper to the mix as well. Maybe that kept them away?

Hmmmmmm, maybe I should try that on my tomatoes next summer.


Sharon, maybe your squirrels are more discriminating, only eat Jif. Hilarious!

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Dec 16, 2012 10:07 PM CST
Maybe so, I'm not sure what brand it was but certainly not Jif, and not one that I usually eat either.
But I secretly like to think it's the pepper I added. I don't think birds can taste, so they don't mind the brand or the pepper. Big Grin
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kqcrna
Dec 16, 2012 10:09 PM CST
Yes, that's what I've read.

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gingin
Dec 17, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Great idea Hurray! Hurray! After Christmas I usually put the tree outside and decorate it with treats for the birds.
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Sharon
Dec 17, 2012 2:30 PM CST
Now that is a great idea!
Trouble is because of my son's allergies I have an artificial tree, but great idea for those who don't.

Thanks, Gin
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KAMasud
Dec 18, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Hurray! My eight year old read it quite avidly. So this Sunday when I start to prune my grape vine, the two of us are going to make wreaths for the birds Lovey dubby . Great idea. How about one to get rid of tree rats, got more then 500 of them.
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Sharon
Dec 18, 2012 10:42 AM CST
Big Grin Sprinkle a bunch of cayenne pepper onto the peanut butter, Arif. The squirrels hate it!!

Have fun with your girls, glad I was able to contribute to your Sunday fun. Maybe you can share pictures of your results.
(Not pictures of the fleeing squirrels, but pictures of your peanut butter/seed/pepper clad apples!)

It is a really good project for children, thanks for sharing it with yours.
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Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Dec 18, 2012 1:42 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thank you Sharon, will do. Thumbs up
I have Pomegranate, guavas, Morus rubra, grapes, citrus and a few local fruits that local birds love. A pair of Himalayan Crested Bulbul took up residence last year. So far there are nine juvenile bulbuls, quite tame due to when ever I hear a particular kind of screeching going on I know a baby has fallen out. I put them back. No lack of sparrows and parrots. There are others which I have not ID'd as yet.
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Sharon
Dec 18, 2012 1:48 PM CST
Interesting things growing there for you. Also interesting birds!
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Dec 18, 2012 7:20 PM CST

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Dec 22, 2012 7:13 AM CST
what a neat way to prep an apple. however in my house, the leftover slices would be going to the dogs! my mini schnauzer absolutely loves apples and scarfs them down, core and all.

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Sharon
Dec 22, 2012 8:35 AM CST
That's a truly adorable schnauzer you have!
Unusual, too, I'd say! Smiling
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