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Peanut Butter Bird Feeders

Grown-ups enjoy birds visiting their garden and surroundings, but it is the children of the house who are the most fascinated by our feathered friends in the sky. Do you have a budding birdwatcher in your home? Or perhaps you'd like to introduce your children to the wonderful world of these colorful creatures? Then a peanut butter bird feeder is what you need in your garden or outside your window.

Birds typically use much more energy than human beings or other earth-bound animals because they have to support their weight in the air. Their body is heavier than air, and they have to make it stay aloft by moving their wings continuously. This consumes a lot of energy.

Measured according to percentage of body weight, birds eat much more than human beings or many other animals. That is why a high-energy diet is much more appropriate for them than it is for us. Peanuts or peanut butter isn't too healthy for human beings when eaten in large quantities, because we can't spend all the energy that it gives us. Birds, however, thrive on high-energy diets like sugar, oilseeds and peanut butter - they don't have to worry about getting fat!

Here's how you can make your own peanut butter bird feeder. The basic item is anything that will hold a moderate amount of peanut butter, preferably something with a serrated or rough surface. If you have pine trees nearby, use a pine cone. Attach a piece of strong nylon string to the top of the cone for hanging it up.

Now spread some peanut butter on a sheet of newspaper and sprinkle some bird seeds and oilseeds on it - sunflower seeds will do nicely. Roll the cone on the spread several times thoroughly until all the nooks and crannies are jammed with the high-energy mix. Lift the thing by its string and take it outside to hang it up on a tree branch that will allow birds to perch nearby while taking a peck at your offering.

Then relax and sit back at a respectful distance with a pair of binoculars and your kids to watch the carefree frolicking of birds as they discover this sudden windfall of delicious and energizing food!

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