Feeding Birds - Recipes
Whether you cook gourmet meals for your birds, or just warm up a prepackaged food every now and then, we have collected some recipes books you can enjoy, or hopefully help you create new favorites for your yard birds.
Recipe Book For Feeding Wild Birds
by Deana Jager
150 recipes to make your own suet cakes, seed mixes and other treats to attract specific species for every season. 91 pages, paperback, nicely illustrated by author.
$9.98 Michigan Author – printed in the USA!
Birds in the Yard Month by Month by Sharon Sorenson
Get to know all the birds that will flock to a bird-friendly yard, and make your yard more attractive to those that require a little extra persuasion to visit. Paperback, 410 pages,
Fat cake recipe one (Garden Bird Watcher Elizabeth Bigg)
• 500g dripping (shop bought)
• Porridge oats
• Chopped peanuts (using a food processor)
• Mixed seed
• Sunflower hearts
You will need:
• A large pan – 12 cm deep, top diameter 23 cm – and wooden spoon.
• 7 or 8 “moulds” (mine hold 400ml water and each fat block weighs about 290 g).
Steps (there is always a bit of artistic licence!):
1. Gently melt the dripping in the pan.
2. Stir in 500g oats, then 500g mixture of hearts, mixed seed and chopped peanuts.
3. Stir in 300g oats, then 100g mixture of chopped peanuts and oats.
4. Decant some of the mixture into four of the moulds (e.g. plastic cups like those photographed above), then give the rest of the mixture in the pan a good stir. If necessary, add a few more of the chopped peanuts, hearts or oats to the mixture in the pan until you have the desired consistency, then add this mixture to the remaining moulds.
Home Made Bird Seed Balls
2 tbsp. (30 mL) corn oil •2 cups (500 mL) rolled oats •1 cup (250 mL) peanut butter •1 cup (250 mL) sunflower seeds •½ cup (125 mL) whole-wheat flour •½ cup (125 mL) crushed eggshells •1 cup (250 mL) vegetable shortening •Cornmeal as needed
DIY Birdseed Ornaments
Makes 8-10 ornaments, depending on size. What’s needed: Cookie cutters 2.5 cups Bird Seed 2 packets of unflavored gelatin 3 tbsp. corn syrup 1 cup water, divided 4 drinking straws, cut into smaller pieces Twine or ribbon for hanging Directions: 1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil in the microwave or on your stove top 2. In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup cold water and 2 packets of gelatin. 3. Pour in the 1/2 cup boiling water and mix well. 4. Mix in corn syrup, stir. 5. Mix in bird seed. 6. Allow the mixture to sit in your refrigerator for about 30 minutes to partially set. 7. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your cookie cutters onto the parchment paper. 8. Take your birdseed mixture from the refrigerator and fill the cookie cutters, use a spoon to press the mixture into the cookie cutters to pack them full. 9. To create a hole for hanging, take a drinking straw and place one a good distance from the outer edge of the ornament, but still towards the top. 10. Place your Birdseed Ornaments to sit in the refrigerator overnight. 11. The next day, String your Birdseed ornaments with twine.
Pine Cone Crafts – Bird Feeders
Get the kids to spread the peanut butter onto their pine cone bird feeder (yes this is messy, but it is great “Knife handling practice”). Roll your peanut buttery pine cone in the bird seeds. Make sure it is nice and compact. And ta-da – your Pine Cone Bird Feeder is FINISHED! Now hang in the garden!