It’s that time of year when you can guarantee Mary Poppins will grace our TVs and will be encouraging us to ‘Feed the birds… tuppence a bag’.
It’s also the time where the birds need a helping hand to find food more than ever, so our residents at Balhousie Willowbank in Carnoustie decided to make some bird feeders for our feathered friends to have a jolly Christmas too.
The RSPB asks us, in autumn and winter particularly, to put out food and water on a regular basis. In bad weather, we should feed twice daily if we can: morning and afternoon with high-energy (high-fat) foods to help them to keep their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights.
Well you don’t get much more yummy high-fat bird food than peanut butter covered in seeds!
How to make your toilet paper roll bird feeder:
- empty toilet paper roll
- peanut butter
- bird seed
- knife or spoon for spreading the peanut butter
- plate or paper plate
- string to suspend,
- Put a layer of bird seed onto a plate.
- Spread peanut butter on the outside of a toilet paper roll using a knife or spoon.
- Roll the toilet paper roll in the bird seed to stick.
- Loop the string through the toilet paper roll and hang out.
And that’s it! You can welcome your garden warblers to Christmas lunch.