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Friday, January 7, 2011

Kids are Pleased when Squirrel Destroys House

Now that most of the holidays are over, you may have a few too many leftovers. Instead of throwing away old cookies and nuts, it's okay to share them with the wildlife. Anna and Evan created this gingerbread masterpiece to share with the neighborhood squirrels.

Other treats:
1. Apples When you are making apple pies don’t throw away the apple cores. There are a number of birds which may be attracted to apples, including cardinals. You can also roll birdseed in with extra pie dough and bake it in the shape of a bagel. When cool, hang from trees. The pie crust usually has lots of fat which is substitute for the insects that birds eat but are not plentiful in cold weather.

2. Nuts Many insect eating birds appreciate this high protein food. Too much salt isn’t good for the birds, but a few leftover party nuts mixed with other bird seed can be a treat. You can also collect nuts from the trees in your neighborhood, including acorns and walnuts.

3. Peanut Butter Smear peanut butter on a tree trunk. You’ll be surprised how many cute birds this will attract up and down your tree. Or spread Peanut butter on pine cones, old bread, rolls or cookies. Then roll them in birdseed and hang them on your bushes with raffia string.

5. Ornamental Corn Autumn decorations for your home can also provide the birds with food. Blue Jays and Squirrels will enjoy ornamental corn.

It took a few days for the gingerbread house to be eaten completely and it was really fun to watch.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your kids are so cute. It looks as if you filled the house with nuts. Clever.

Anonymous said...

You may call me squirelly, but I want to live in your back yard.

Anonymous said...

this was gret!

Anonymous said...

Super Duper!
Squirreltastic!!!!

Anonymous said...

I may sound nutty, but squirrels are super acorn-tastic

Anonymous said...

i think im turning into a squirrel cause im feeling nutty already ! and those kids are so cute this was squirreltastic haha!

Anonymous said...

ive always wanted to be a squirrel, ive captured three, and they live in my garage, i feedn them chocolate, their names are acorn, walnut, and peanut

Anonymous said...

you need to feed your squirrels less your the reason why squirrels are fat these days

Anonymous said...

that squirrels a little chubby, ill let u borrow my squirrel tredmeel, my squirrles in my garage have lost 2 pounds

Anonymous said...

i like waffles with squirrel juice

Anonymous said...

allie and steph wrote these comments ^^^

Anonymous said...

yikes. wbu endorsing feeding wildlife processed food and sugar? it's a cute story but kinda irresponsible.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

If you look close, the house was filled with nuts. But a little sweet won't hurt the squirrels. This is not their soul source of food, so I have no worries that I did anything but create a little excitement in the squirrel world.
Thank you for your comment. Sarah