If you would like to attract birds to your backyard mix up this homemade treat, perfect for any season of the year.

Homemade Bird Treat

Mix together:
1 part peanut butter
1 part vegetable shortening
1 part white or whole wheat flour (or a mixture)
1 part mixed bird seed
1 part oatmeal
1 part yellow cornmeal
Shelled chopped peanuts

I use one cup of each ingredient. I also add any jam, jelly, or preserves that have been in the fridge for a long time and any stale cereal in the cupboard. Mix all ingredients and form in patties, wrap in plastic wrap or sandwich bags and freeze until ready to feed to birds. You can also smear mixture on a tree trunk, stuff into pine cones, or put mix in a mesh onion sack.

Jays, titmice, juncos, nuthatches, chickadees and other feathered friends will appear like magic.

If you would like to join other birdwatchers throughout the US and Canada to provide data about your backyard birds learn about Project FeederWatch
Project FeederWatch (www.birds.cornell/edu/pfw)