Decorating a Christmas tree for birds is fascinating. This doesnâ€™t mean beautifying the tree with lights, tinsel, and stars. The most popular way is to hang tasty treats around the tree that helps feed birds. The more treats you attach to the Christmas tree, the more species you attract.
When the weather is cold, natural food supplies, such as seeds, nuts, and insects are scarce. Meanwhile, placing a well-decorated Christmas tree for birds could be more than sharing a few snacks. In other words, it could be a lot surprising to your feathered friends.
In this article, weâ€™re going to talk all about decorating a Christmas tree with tasty bird treats. After reading this article, we would recommend taking a look at another article on building a snowman bird feeder.
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Decorating a Christmas Tree for Birds
If you want to decorate a Christmas tree for birds, you have to follow 3 simple steps: setting up a Christmas tree in your yard, preparing the treats for birds, and finally decorating the tree with the treats. Hereâ€™s what to do and how to do it.
What We Need:
- A Christmas tree
- Metal lawn staples
- Natural wool
- Ingredients for the recipes
#Step â€“ 1: Setting Up a Christmas Tree
To place the Christmas tree, prefer a location that is easily visible from a comfortable window and has feeders nearby. If you set the tree on the ground, use metal lawn staples to hold it in place. But, if you set it on a railing, use heavy stones or bricks to keep it from tipping over.
Make sure to keep the tree upright in its stand. On the ground or a table, insert the tree into a bucket of heavy, wet sand. Remove all the previous decorations, like lights, tinsel, and stars. To give extra support, you can tie the tree to a nearby fence.
Keep in mind that birds are not picky. So, the Christmas tree you decorate doesnâ€™t need to have a perfect shape. The tree should have a lot of horizontal branches to hang seed ornaments and other decorative foods so that it can give birds plenty of room to feast.
#Step â€“ 2: Preparing the Treats
All wild birds donâ€™t feed on the same food. Thatâ€™s why you have to do a little research to know which birds frequently visit your backyard. If you donâ€™t identify any of them, search online or visit your local library. Now, letâ€™s have a look below at what to put on your outdoor menu.
- Pinecone feeders covered with birdseed and peanut butter
- Small suet balls, suet muffins, or small mesh bags of suet
- Strings of windfall fruits, such as apple, cranberries, pear, raisins, or orange chunks
- Sprigs of native berries, like bayberry, juniper, or holly
- Dried millet, dried sunflower heads, or other dried grains
- Birdseed ornaments, either purchased or homemade
- Strings of broken walnuts or peanuts
- Small birdseed muffins or cookies
- Strings of plain air-popped popcorn or an unsweetened cereal
If youâ€™re a resident in one of the southern states, offer birds a variety of fruits. But, if you live in any northern state, provide birds with nuts and suet. Donâ€™t give them kitchen scraps although they can be treats for the birds. Always give nutritious foods.
#Step â€“ 3: Decorating the Tree
Now, itâ€™s time to decorate the tree with tasty treats. To hang the treats, use small lengths of string, twine, ribbon, or natural wool. Later, the birds could use these items to insulate their roosting areas or build nests in the spring.
Donâ€™t use thin threads or fishing lines because they can be a tangle hazard for the visitors. Make sure to prepare extra treat ornaments so that birds can come to the yard for longer. Once you finished decorating the tree, wait for the birds. Maybe, it takes a couple of weeks.
Decorating a Christmas tree for birds is surely an enjoyable activity for families, birding groups, and churches. This is an excellent way to feed non-migratory, winter visitors. Once you complete beautifying the tree with tasty treats, sit back to watch the beautiful birds.
Keep in mind that birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing even in winter. Consider installing a birdbath. We recommend taking a look at a heated birdbath. By the way, let us know your experience below in the comment section.