With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: For The Birds

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

For The Birds

Robin (who has the perfect name) from Robin's Nesting Place posted recently the most beautiful winter bird feeder wreaths that she made.   I was inspired to make one too.  Not as beautiful as Robin's with strings of popcorn draped through the wreath branches and clusters of peanuts tucked among the snips of evergreen.  Mine was hurriedly assembled in anticipation of birds that might come by for a visit.
I looked for little containers that could hold the bird food and yet allow for drainage.  The best I could come up with was a desk-top note holder.  Little paper clip cups would had been perfect but the stores I searched were sold out.
There are three different treats that are attached to the salvaged wreath decorated with a few old holly picks I plucked from an old swag.
  • Pine cones smeared with melted peanut butter and dipped in birdseed. They are tied onto the wreath with kitchen twine.
  • A crumbled mixture of lard, peanut butter, oats, corn meal and flour fills the mesh container (recipe follows)
  • Heart-shaped treats made from birdseed, flour, water and Kayo syrup. (recipe follows)
To make the bird seed hearts, I followed the instructions exactly as given on Smile Monsters.
Very cute, don't you think?
I combined:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
and then stirred the mixture into 4 cups bird seed
As Jo @SmileMonster pictured, I pressed the mixture into a heart-shaped cookie cutter sprayed with PAM.
Poke in a straw to form a hole that will be used to thread a string through for hanging.
Gently lift the cookie cutter up and you will have a perfect heart shape.
I was impatient, just like Jo, so we baked our hearts in a 170 degree oven for about one hour instead of letting them air dry for a least 6 hours.

 The recipe below, copied right from Robin's blog, is the recipe I followed to make the stuff crumbled in the mesh container :
Peanut Butter Suet Dough from Julie Zickefoose

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup lard
Combine and melt these two in the microwave, in the oven, or over very low heat on the stovetop. Remove from heat and stir in:

2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
2 cups quick oats
1 cup flour

Allow to cool and harden, then chop into chunks and store at room temperature in jars. Serve crumbled in a shallow dish.
Now the wait begins to see what feathered friends come along.
Hope this unwelcome fellow (Red Tail Hawk) doesn't hang around waiting to pick off some sweet little bird.
I have noticed him by the feeders the past couple of days.
The two photos below are birds resting in the barren branches of my Trumpet Vine.
Purple Finch
Wren or Sparrow


Snippety Gibbet said...

How beautiful!!!!!!!! Really gorgeous! I make my own suet, but it certainly isn't beautiful. You really have the touch. jan

Deb said...

Oh, what a precious wreath and way to feed the little birdies. I love watching them, too! Our feeder is right outside the window where I sit at the computer! :)

Ann said...

WOW, that wreath is just awesome. Not only is it gorgeous but it's a treat for the birds as well. I have got to try this. I'm thinking this would be the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys feeding the birds.
That picture of the hawk is just fabulous.

marie said...

Wow! The wreath is beautiful and a four star restaurant to boot!! Lucky birds!

Your photographs are wonderful ~ they sure do inspire me to learn more about my camera and photography!

Mildred said...

The wreath for the birds is a great idea especially given the weather across the country. That hawk is intimidating - great photos though.

SmileMonsters said...

Love it! It looks great and thanks for the shout out!

Jo @ SmileMonsters

crochet lady said...

The birds are in for a real cute treat! Like the idea of putting the goodies on a wreath.

NanaDiana said...

I LOVE all the great ideas I get coming here. How perfect is that wreath! Wow! Hugs- Diana

Peggy said...

Wow! Great photos! Thanks for sharing the bird food recipe. Looks like something I can do with my kids at school.

moreofhim said...

How absolutely beautiful! The one thing I find the money for is feeding my feathered friends. I love to sit in my chair and look out the window at them as they feed and drink from the feeder and bird bath. They brighten my day!

This would be such a beautiful addition to my bird garden. Just to look out and see this would be wonderful. Thank you SO much for sharing this and for the pictorial! That always helps me.

God bless you - Julie

Susan said...

Absolutely great bird photos, LDH. You should submit them to a bird publication. Great job. Susan

Suzy said...

Where did you hang the wreath? I live near the street so I don't think the birds would come to the front door. I try a tree in the backyard and hope the squirrels stay away!!
The bird photos are beautiful!

Cassie said...

Wow this is a wonderful idea. And so pretty too. You're talented and the birds get to profit from your enginuity!!

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Petra (Zoom Yummy) said...

That's wonderful. I've never seen a cuter and more beautiful wreath. Your pictures are amazing too. :) Petra

Deb said...

I love that. My Christmas tree became a shelter for my birds and I did something similar with filling little baskets with food for them and tying them to the tree. Your wreath is beautiful. Hope they love it. Hugs,Deb=^..^=x5

Sue said...

I simply love this post, I have been wanting to do something creative for our birds, and have now found it. Thank you for sharing. I will be back to copy these recipes. Thank you for sharing these links too. Your photos are stunning.

The B's said...

Oh, how absolutely adorable! And you have a talent for the most beautiful bird photos! (Even that naughty, naughty hawk...oh, he's gorgeous!)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Now that is such a wonderful idea!! Hugs,

Ms. Bake-it said...

What gorgeous photos of the birds! I love your wreath! Thank you for sharing.

~ Tracy

Lisa RedWillow said...

Absolutely georgeous.. Love the pbirds. How stunning.

A Quiet, Gracious Life said...

I love the wreath, it is so pretty *and* practical.--I love it when things are both.

And the pictures of the birds you got are just breath-taking.

Valerie said...

Don't sell yourself short on your wreath - it is beautiful! Robin's is as well - but I know I certainly could not make one as nice as yours! What a special treat for your birds!

And I thought I was doing them a favor putting my old dried up wreath on the porch so they had a covered place to nest near the feeders!

You are so talented!

Just a little something from Judy said...

My mother would be thrilled if I made her a wreath like this. Great idea!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Fantastic pictures of the birds! Wreaths too--have never seen anything like that.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I love your wreath and the hearts are so adorable! I will have to try that recipe and see if the birds like it as well as they do the suet!

Thank you for the shout out!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I just noticed that this was from 2011! You must be generating some traffic from Pinterest or another source that is creating a little more traffic to my blog from referrals. I rarely check my stats so I'm glad that I saw this now since I missed it then!


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