How Not to Feed the Birds

January 21st, 2013

Not long ago, my kids and I did a bird-feeder-making craft project involving Cheerios and pipe cleaners.  It was a great afternoon activity and we had lots of fun.  There was just one problem…

…the birds didn’t eat them.

The poor circles of cereal languished on our tree branches for weeks, slowly molding.  They’re still there now.

Not that I really blame the birds — who wants to gnaw on stale plain Cheerios?  So, recently, my parents and the kids worked on Bird Feeders Round 2.  This time, they involved spreading peanut butter on pine cones and then rolling them in bird seed.

I was not present for the event, but my folks reported that the craft project was a big hit.  The kids naturally consumed about as much peanut butter as they slathered on their feeders and a good time was had by all.

They carefully hung the pine cones outside and…

…nothing happened.

The darned birds have spurned our second offering.  I don’t know if we just have birds with gourmet tastes in our neck of the woods or if it isn’t cold enough for them to look to our home-made feeders for sustenance, but sadly, the pine cone yummies are mostly unloved.

However, getting pictures like this out of the activity made it totally worth while.


3 responses to “How Not to Feed the Birds”

  1. G'Mom says:

    Grrrrr. Stupid birds. It would be interesting to set up a “real” bird feeder station and see if they come. Maybe I didn’t hang them in a good place?

  2. Cindi Frye says:

    They’ll come for the real stuff, which Cheerios obviously are not. Just be patient. There may be some competition in the neighborhood, but the birdies will find you.

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