A large, open pine cone Vegetable shortening, lard or suet Oats or corn meal Bird seed A few feet of string
Make a bird feeder then watch to see what birds visit
1. Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone.
2. Cover the pine cone with the mixture below.
3. Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree branch outside.
Food mixture: Mix 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 2 1/2 cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add dried fruit (chopped up), chopped nuts, seeds (especially sunflower and millet), and/or suet, which are high-energy bird foods.