How to Make Your Own Bird Feeder

bluejay-ken-thomas.jpgToday, Hillary of Mass Audubon shares an easy tutorial for how to make your own bird feeder:

If ever there is a time to pick-up bird watching, it's now (today's downpour aside!). With the ground frozen and covered in snow, birds are hungry. And with landscape rather stark, it's easy to spot and identify common backyard birds. Make the experience even more fun and hands-on with a do-it-yourself bird feeder. Here's how:
1. Find a clean, open pine cone. None in the yard? Pick up a super-sized one at the Audubon Shop in Drumlin Farm.

2. Spread peanut butter of the entire cone.

3. Roll the cone in bird seed (black-oil sunflower seed often works best). Add nuts and dried fruit for a high energy snack.

4. Tie string or twine around the stem end of the pine cone.

5. Hang outside near a window and watch the birds enjoy a winter snack.

Learn more about birds and nature in general at an upcoming family program at a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary near you.

Image credit: 1) blue jay by Ken Thomas (Mass Audubon); 2) pine cone bird feeder by Domestic Wonder/Meagan via Flickr