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Ice Cream Cone Feeder Project
Here's a simple project that involves an ice cream cone
(which is not for the birds to eat) smothered with tasty treats for birds to enjoy.
This is what you'll need:

- Sugar ice cream cone (or something similar)
- Pipe cleaner
- Creamy peanut butter
- Assorted bird seed
Cone with pipe cleaner holder   Peanut butter smothered on cone
Use a pencil to poke a hole in the pointed end of the ice cream cone. Twist a knot in the end of the pipe cleaner and thread the pipe cleaner into the cone and out the hole. The knot should be big enough to hold the pipe cleaner in place.
Use a butter knife to smother
the peanut butter all over the cone.
Seed-covered cone
Smother birdseed all over the cone by pressing it into the peanut butter with your fingers.
Seed-covered cone hung from a log   Dark-eyed Junco
Place or hang your new cone feeder in a convenient spot where you can watch it and the excitement it creates.
A Dark-eyed Junco was quickly attracted to the new addition to the feeding station.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
A Chestnut-backed Chickadee is one of the first birds to have a nibble.
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
A Song Sparrow finds the new snack intriguing and has a good peck about.
Spotted Towhee
A Spotted Towhee finds the food rather delicious. The bird seed is quickly disappearing and it'll soon be time to add more peanut butter and bird seed. You might also want to consider filling the cone with suet to see what other birds are attracted.


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