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Going To The Birds!

February 2016

Just beginning to hear the bird songs in the morning, daylight is arriving earlier and less than 22 days to spring…so who’s counting? This month starts with the ground hog and ends with leaping frogs, so I thought I would fill in with birds! Found a fun recipe to share, it will help you to care for the winter birds and have a little fun.

Groundhog Day …Spring or Winter?

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…time for the birds…

Birds are more than just a pretty face in the garden, birds have jobs also! Consuming insects is an important one that first pops into my mind. So they may not discriminate, eating both beneficial and harmful insects, I am very grateful for any helpers that make a dent in the mosquito population or eats the wood-boring insects out of my trees.

They also are important for seed dispersal and play a role in the survival of native plant species.  I am always happy to see a new “volunteer” popping up in our landscape thanks to the hard work of one of our feathered friends. Some birds help with pollination by offering their transportation services - fee of charge!

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One way to look at it...

Birds & Blooms ( a wonderful publication) has featured a recipe for making seed ornaments. This is such a fun project and idea that I wanted to share it. So on a “snow day” I sneaked in a few “bird cookie ornaments”. Felt the  need to do a test run first. The trick is using a gelatin to hold everything together. Here’s the recipe, though you can definitely make it your own! So many recipes on the Internet…the possibilities are endless!

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BIRD COOKIE ORNAMENTS:


Ingredients 

1/2 cup water

3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

3 Tablespoons corn syrup

3/4 cup flour

4 cups bird seed (your choice!)


DIRECTIONS

Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil. Mix flour and seed together and then slowly add to gelatin mixture. While cooling, put out parchment paper on our counter, and choose your favorite cookie cutters. Spray those cookie cutters with cooking spray. Next, fill the cutters with the gelatin mixture, pressing in the mixture tightly. Before you remove the ornament, use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole through the ornament (for hanging). Then remove from cookie cutters and let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can attach ribbon or string and hang for the birds!

…and look what has arrived!

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...Leap Year 2016!