A Bird Sandwich??? - A Bird Watching Story

>> Monday, January 4, 2010

What in the heck is a Bird Sandwich? Well the answer to that question is pretty simple, but first I have to digress a bit and share this little story. A few days ago during the Holiday week between Christmas and New Years Day, We were looking for a quick project we could do and I came up with bird sandwiches. So I asked my son and daughter (7 yr old twins) If they wanted to make a bird sandwich with daddy and my daughters response was,
"No thanks daddy, I'm not hungry" I laughed and said, "No I mean make a sandwich FOR the birds" then she was all for it. OK, now you know what a bird sandwich is.
Amateur Ornithology is one of my many interests. Being outside about 75% of my awake life it kind of goes with the territory, I have identified many species and have many bird houses and bird feeders around the property.

To make a bird sandwich is simple.
  1. Take the heels of a loaf of bread and spread peanut butter on both, 
  2. Then add a hand full of sunflower seeds or wild bird seed mix on the peanut butter, 
  3. Then we add some apple slices or other fruit like pears or plums,
  4. And put it all together just like a sandwich
  5. Hang it in a wire basket and enjoy the birds, enjoying your sandwich.
You can modify the recipe a number of ways and your birds will enjoy it. Sometimes we will get beef or pork suet (fat) from the supermarket and melt it and add the peanut butter, bird seed, and fruit to it and make our own custom suet cakes for much cheaper than store purchased ones.

Birdwatching is a fun and educational experience for the whole family and if you do not currently have any bird feeders I hope that you get some soon. You can build your own feeders in a very short time, with very little materials or experience. Something as simple as a flat board with bird seed on it will attract birds. You can also use plastic coffee cans or milk jugs with holes cut out of the sides near the bottom. If your a little more handy or a wood working enthusiast you could get some bird feeder plans
and go a little more elaborate.

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Peace and Prosperity to You,,Happy Homesteading,
Rich @ NY Homesteader

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C. E. Webster January 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

What great ideas. I love to feed the birds, it is such a relaxing way to spend some time. Thanks for the new ideas.

NY Homesteader January 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

Hi C.E.,
Glad you liked the idea. I agree I love to watch the birds all year. I saw a blackburnian warbler this past summer. That was a first for me around here, but I never would have seen it if I was not a "Bird watcher" Thanks again for the kind words. Peace and Prosperity to you and yours ,
Rich @ NY Homesteader

petersteel January 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

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NY Homesteader January 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

Thanks petersteel,
Glad you liked the post, Sometimes I have to keep the birds out of my garden they seem to like fresh veggies too!! Peace and Prosperity,
Rich @ NY Homesteader

teresa January 5, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

Sounds like a fun way to involve the kids and treat the birds at the same time.

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