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…
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.