Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rolling

My granddaughter (Beep) helped make some bird feeder rolls the other day.
(Edit: Since many asked, we use a mixture of peanut butter and oatmeal, 4-1 ratio, smear it thickly over the tube, then roll it in seeds. The oatmeal makes the pb less sticky so it won't gum up the bird's beaks. That's not a problem in freezing temperatures though)
 
This little guy loves them!
Carolina Wren

The Downy tried one too!


We put one out in the cedar tree where there would be more shelter for the birds,
or ummmmm....
Bandit (Black Squirrel)
 and Patches (Grey Squirrel)
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53 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful post for the day, Karen, as always!! Your granddaughter is adorable!! And your birds and squirrels always start my day with a grin and a giggle!! Today is certainly no exception!! Hope your week is off to a good start!!

Buttons said...

Oh now I could use an excellent helper like your Granddaughter and boy oh boy your photos make me smile and must admit a little giggle like Sylvia above..Hope your feeling better. Hug B

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Beep is such a big help to you and obviously a nature lover just like her Grandmother. The birds (and squirrels) are great pictures and I'm fascinated with the way you made the feeder roll. (Don't laugh, they say there are no dumb questions, but what makes the seeds stick on? Suet?)

Linda W. said...

Nice bird and squirrel shots. And what a great idea for a simple bird feeder! Love your grandaughter's name (or is it a nickname?)

EG CameraGirl said...

The birds and squirrels appear to be very thankful. ;)

Beth Edwards said...

i love the black squirrel - we don't see those in VA. i have seen the bird treat some where ... looks like a great idea. yummy good for all the birdies. ( :

TexWisGirl said...

best tree restaurant EVER!!! :)

Andy said...

Pretty good bird feeder.

Leora said...

I just love how you got your granddaughter involved! Great show of the birds and squirrels.

Muffie said...

I'm sure Beep enjoyed her work! beautiful photos!

Willow said...

Very neat !! Now i know what I can happily use those empty rolls for ;)) Matter of fact I am going to make one right now !

Gail Dixon said...

What a novel way to feed the birds. Your granddaughter is precious and very helpful. :)

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of your beautiful grandchild and also of the birds. Great that she's learning to prepare food for them.

HansHB said...

That's smart!
Great photos!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a wonderful idea! We made some pinecone feeders but as there is nowhere for the birds to light they do not eat the seed. I will be making your roll feeders for them!

Nancy J said...

Totally stunning!!! Lovely wee grandie. Do you have a recipe? plan for the feeders,? I have a friend, I'm sure she , and I, would like to make some. Greetings to all at your place, Jean.

Dave said...

What a great idea..... how do you make it all stick?

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Très joli post, j'aime beaucoup ton blog, à bientôt- Cath.
PS: Actuellement on ne peut pas s'inscrire comme follower, n'hésite pas à venir sur mon blog.

Laura said...

What a wonderful activity to do with Beep… all of your guests look quite pleased with the banquet you've offered!

Stephanie said...

What a great idea. Thanks for the tip! Great shots!

Cynthia said...

Your birds are very fortunate that you provide such a feast! Looks like you had a good helper.

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Such beautiful images, up close and personal. I worked for over an hour this morning to finally get a fleeting glimpse of a Carolina Wren that was singing loudly right in front of me!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The wren is so adorable! They all seem to enjoy your rolls.

RedPat said...

I love the tube!

David Gascoigne said...

I might have to try the rolls. My problem is trying to prevent the squirrels from devouring everything the moment we put it out.

genie said...

What wonderful shots. Love the idea of the tube. Can’t wait for Buddy to get home and give it a try. Such a great idea. All the birds seem very happy with your creation. genie

Carole M. said...

...very innovative; I like that. I couldn't use peanut butter mix here, it would just melt off in the first ten minutes out there :) Nice that your grand-daughter is at an age when you can encourage her to make for the birdlife, and the squirrels etc., young kids will soak it all up so well and hopefully hold onto those wonderful memories and carry them on too

eileeninmd said...

Maybe your granddaughter will be a future birder. The rolls of seeds is a great idea. It seems like the birds are loving them too.
Great shots, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

Debbie said...

your gd is sooooo cute!! i made these once and my squirrels devoured them!!

really beautiful images today karen!!

Powell River Books said...

That is a great idea. I'm going to make some as soon as I get home to see what birds are still in the area. - Margy

mick said...

Great photos of the birds and squirrels and your little helper is beautiful!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I loved this.. Made me smile from ear to ear... Michelle

Elephant's Child said...

SUCH a treat to see. Thank you so very much.

Jim said...

Good use for an old dunny roll. :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Well, these birds and squirrels know where the good stuff is! The rolls are really pretty, and I know the animals appreciate them. So funny to see the squirrels going after it too.

Weekend-Windup said...

Enjoyed your post. Great work done by your grand daughter. Bird feeder looks so attractive for the birds to take their food.

ladyfi said...

What a great idea. Lovely shots!

Stewart M said...

Great post - I think the PB would just melt here - even in winter!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pieni Lintu said...

Beautiful shots!

MyMaracas said...

What a great set of shots, and a fun story! I love your nature photos; you always seem to get such nice clear ones that show the personality of the subject.

beep said...

I love the photos ganmma ;)!Patches + Bandit + Downy woodpecker + Carolina Wren = cute!

Les... said...

awesome pics!! love the concentration on beeps face, making bird feeder tubes is serious business hey? *VBS*

bettyl-NZ said...

How simple but so useful. Thanks for the directions--I might try this in our garden!

Party of 5 said...

How neat. With winter around the corner, you've inspired me to try something like this with my little one.

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely gifts for your feathered friends. Your granddaughter sure is sweet and I love the fact that you are showing her how to make these great feeding 'rolls'.

Peter said...

What a great nature post, love those close ups.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I am definitely gonna make some of these!!! Looks like a feast for the feathered ones.

Hailey said...

Very cute! Looks like your going to have to make more tubes!

thomas said...

Looks like everyone wants a bite on the roll.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Karen. What a wonderful idea to make thesewith your grand daughter and the birds seem to love them also.

Icy BC said...

Fantastic idea to make the feeders! Love your bird shots!

Connie Smiley said...

Wonderful! I love your Carolina Wren shots, and our birds are hoping we'll do the same.

Me said...

Great pic`s of our granddaughter and the other guys too. Pip sure is a sweety.