We do this activity about once a year, but it’s always a hit with the kids! Back as a child I always did this with pine cones, but since we didn’t have pine cones readily accessible we improvised using a bit of bark.
The kids spread peanut butter all over the bark and then poured bird seed on it.
Our windows are all quite high off the ground so I also made a make-shift tree so we could see the birds readily from one of our windows. It looks pretty silly, but it sure has worked out well. The kids even named our two most regular visitors — Bolt and well, I forget what they named the other one.
Don’t mind the tomato trellis suspended high in the air!!
Below is the view out the window and a couple of our regular visitors:
I had to ask my Dad to help us identify these. Hooray for Grandpa (and email for the quick response)! We’re learned all the native birds in central Australia since we lived there for twelve years (moved back 1 1/2 years ago), but my bird knowledge here is lacking. Anyway, the bird on the left with the black and white head is a Carolina Chickadee. The Carolina Chickadee is similar to the Black-capped Chickadee but it has a different range and a different accent. The brown bird on the right with the prominent eye stripe is a Carolina Wren. It has a gorgeous song and a short tail which is often cranked at a 45 degree angle from its center-line.