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No matter where you live you can put together some simple things that will attract wild birds into your back yard or onto your city balcony. For example, set out a shallow bowl of water for drinking and bathing. Once the birds discover a safe place for a cool drink you'll be suprised by the numbers which will visit. Build a house for nesting birds. You can also fill a shallow bowl with wild bird seed or make a pine cone feeder like the one shown. However, feeding birds can be messy, expensive and must not be done regularly once started.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder
This easy-to-make Pine Cone Bird Feeder is a simple project that even young children can help with.
For each Pine Cone Bird Feeder you will need:

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* A large, open pine cone

* Vegetable shortening, lard or suet

* Oats or corn meal

* Bird seed

* A few feet of string.

Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone. Cover the pine cone with the Food mixture below. Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree branch outside.

Food mixture:
Mix 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 2 1/2 cups of cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended.

Optional: add dried fruit (chopped up), chopped nuts, seeds (especially sunflower and millet) and /or suet, which are high-energy bird foods.