- cotton or wool thread (Birds will use the thread in nests later in the spring. Synthetics are bad for the environment. Do NOT use plastics such as gimp).
- any pinecones you can collect on a nature hike. Species does not matter. These happen to be from pitch pines. (Be careful not to collect in restricted areas such as state parks or national forests).
- peanut butter, suet, or vegetable shortening. (NOTE: If working with children other than your own, NEVER use peanut butter without checking for peanut allergies. In schools and libraries, I advise never using peanut butter).
- bird seed
- small bowl
- butter knife
- Cut a small length of thread. Make a large loop and knot it.
- Work the loop into the pinecone so you can hang it.
- Spread vegetable shortening, peanut butter, or suet on the pinecones.
- Roll them in birdseed.
- Hang them on a tree outside your window.
- Watch for birds to arrive over the next week or so, if all goes well. If you haven't been feeding birds, it may take a while for them to find your feeders.
Hey...look... we had our first visitors to our bird feeder ornaments!
Have you been feeding the birds this winter? Have they been active?
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