I leave offerings for the birds every winter. Humans have depleted their habitat. It is my belief that when food is scarce, I’ll honor my feathered friends with some bird seed to tide them over. I’m also noticing what they are eating naturally so I can make sure they have a supply of that as well.
Let's create a bird-friendly buffet to honor the winged ones.
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup unbleached flour
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
4 cups bird seed
Nonstick cooking spray
8 large cookie cutters (about 1 in. thick)
Wax paper or parchment paper
Skewer or dowel rod
String, yarn, or twine (something biodegradable that won’t harm the birds)
Wire cooling rack
Spray the Cookie Cutters with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the parchment paper as well.
Boil liquid ingredients. Reduce the heat to low and add the gelatin, stirring and whisking until the powder dissolves thoroughly.
Transfer the liquid goo to the mixing bowl and add the flour. Stir to mix and blend well. It should be the consistency of cake batter. If it is too thick to stir easily, add 1 tablespoon of hot water at a time. If the mixture is too thin, add 1 tablespoon of flour.
Mix in the bird seed to coat all of the seeds. It will be a thick mixture.
Spray your spatula with cooking spray and fill your cookie cutters with the mixture. Firmly press the seed mix into every nook and cranny.
With any extra mixture, make seed balls.
Use the skewer or dowel rod to poke holes into the ornament where it will hang in a tree. Be sure to poke a hole all the way through the ornament.
Let the ornament dry for 6 to 8 hours, but preferably overnight.
String the ornament and put it in a tree. Remove the string as soon as the ornament has been eaten.
OPTIONS: You can also add chopped, unsalted nuts, dried fruit bits, such as unsweetened raisins or cranberries, or insects, such as dried mealworms or crickets.