Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I missed saying happy Birdie Day
See, there are the "children of the corn" outside by the tree they decorated for the Birds. Every Dec. 6 or 7 give or take a day, I make treats and feeders for the outdoor birds. It is about this time of year that our Snow Bunny Birds blow into and some through Albuq. This last week we saw Chickadees, House Finches, Woodpeckers, Mocking Birds, Crows (I love them) Mountain Jays, Yellow Titmouse, Mourning Doves (I hate them) and regular old ordinary stick in the roof of your mouth sparrows. We also get this tee tiny little bluish birds that make a sound like nee nee nee and sound like a computer when you make an error. I have no idea what they are called but they are very entertaining. I just love to watch, feed and have birds in our yard.
You should see my St. Bernard Willow (who is adjusting to her meds quite nicely, except for the 20 lb weight gain cuz she is always hungry, and bumps into things more) chase after the crows. It is the best free entertainment in the world. The neighbors behind us have a pecan tree. The crows pick the pecans and then dive bomb the dogs with them. They also use the front drive to drop the nuts on and break them. Then have a chattering nut eating party on our driveway. Messy but cool.
Anyway, we (me and the grands) made strings (only string not wire or fishing line cuz the birdies could get tangled and die) of grapes, cranberries, stale bread cookie cutter cutouts, cheerios, other stale cereal, apple chunks, orange slices, air puffed Cheetos (dollar store variety). We did the old pine cones rolled in 2 parts peanut butter/1 part Crisco and then roll in birdseed or bread crumbs from the left over pieces of stale bread from the cookie cutters. I also found some long forgotten little packets of raisins in the cabinet and added them this year. A new blogging friend at Mother Moon's Message also used popcorn balls (not my Wicked Balls) and covered them with peanut butter and bird seed. I bought some of the individually wrapped pcb's for Halloween and didn't give them all out so we will try that idea after the 1st of the year. As a bit of fun for the kiddos, I found food grade markers at the grocery. They are for decorating cookies etc. but they worked good on the Italian bread we used for the cut outs. The strings are so cute and to take the picture, we had to shoo some robins our of the tree. As soon as the "cheese" was said, those suckers were on the strings instantly.
Very cold today here with the wind supposed to be more than 60 mph. We be cold.