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Page 6C L‘wny _ aReporter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson Holiday goodies can be shared with birds t goes without saying starlings, and American most of us eat too much crows. If, like me, you have food during the Holiday unsuccessfully tried to Season. Whenever we attract a brown creeper to gather with friends and fam— your feeder, you might t1 y to ilies to enjoy holiday meals, entice this curve-billed win— there is- no way we can come ter resident with small pieces close to consuming all of of boiled potatoes. On rare the delicious good- ‘ occasions, ies that adorn our this uncom— dining room tables. mon winter Invariably some of resident will these scrumptious abandon delicacies become foraging for leftovers and will insects and eventually be eaten; their eggs on some food is simply the trunks of thrown away. Instead trees and treat of wasting this food, themselves wh not share some ‘”‘ to this soft, of the food destined TERRY w' JOHNSON white food for the garbage can Sweet with your backyard bird Potato - The yellow-rumped neighbors? You might be warbler is notoriously dif- surprised how many of these ficult to attract to a feeder. foods are relished by birds. When one does visit your Here is a short list of some of backyard diner, it invari- the many foods you should ably dines on suet. They will consider sharing with the eat cooked sweet potatoes birds. however: White Potatoes Birds do Squash It is not surpris- not seem to care whether ing that the yellow—rumped white potatoes are mashed, warbler will also eat cooked baked, fried, or coiled, they squash. However, squash will eat them all. The birds seeds are appealing to far that most frequently dine more birds. With that in on potatoes are common mind, whenever you are grackles, blue jays, European preparing a butternut of oth- again in 2020! I' ll .. I l I‘ Iii il‘l Meeting All Your Insurance Needs Auto - Home 0 Life - Business Personal Umbrella Policies Let us show you how much we can save you on your insurance. We look forward to serving you @Anssaie Ywumwm 57 S. Lee St. Forsyth, GA " 478-994-0850 Jane Pennington, Agent Owner er squash for your holiday meal make a point of saving the large flat seeds. The long list of birds that like squash seeds includes the likes of mourning doves, cardinals, eastern towhees, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, and blue jays. Cornbread - Chunks of cornbread can either be fed in suet feeders and crumpled up and scattered on the ground or placed in platform feeders. The cornbread we so relished is also table fare for a wide range of birds ranging from dark-eyed juncos and chip- ping sparrows to northern mockingbirds, cardinals, and Carolina wrens to downy woodpeckers. One of my closest friends attracts hermit thrushes to his backyard with cornbread. This secretive bird is so fond of cornbread it will literally approach within a few feet as he scatters cornbread on the ground Bread and Rollo Al- though bread is one of the least recommended table scraps for birds, it is eaten by sparrows, blue jays, Ameri- can crows and others. The reason it is not generally recommended for bird feed- ing is it provides them with little nutrition. However, it will attract birds to a feeder when little else will. Nuts - Many of us associ- ate HULL with Christmas. My wife fondly remem- bers when she was a little girl finding mixed nuts in her stocking on Christ- mas morning. Growing up my Mother always set out a bowl full of mixed nuts (pecans, Brazil nuts, English walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts). My favorite was the hazelnut. However, December 25, 2019 Holiday favorites like cornbread can be served to birds in a suet feeder. (Photo/Terry Johnson) a study conducted at the University of Georgia many years ago found pecans were favored by birds. Ifyou feed nuts to the birds, break them up into small pieces. This will allow small birds to enjoy the bounty. Shelled nuts are eaten by dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, woodpeckers, and a host of others. . Fruit Oranges, apples and other fruits commonly find their way to the dinner table during the holidays. Birds such as Baltimore orioles, mockingbirds and other fruit-eating eaters relish fresh fruit in the winter. Fresh fruit can either be served cut up in small pieces, halved or quartered Cookies 8r Other Baked Goods I suspect we consume more cookies and other baked goods during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. In spite of our seem- ingly insatiable appetite for these sweet delicacies, we often cannot eat them all. Although of this, sparrows, grackles, cardinals, wrens, and other birds dine on them. . Ifyou decide to share your holiday food with the ' birds, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Feed small amounts of food scraps at a time. This will reduce the chance of your feeders attracting unwanted guests such as raccoons and rodents. Also, remove food scraps before they become these goodies are high in carbohydrates, they often lack many of the other nutrients birds need. In spite ' moldy. Although these alternative food choices can save you a little money on birdseed, they should not be viewed as a substitute for the seeds and suet. They are, however, a great way to use food that otherwise would be wasted while at the same time add- ing a little variety in the diets of the birds we host during the holidays just outside your backdoor. Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Mldlifiz Program. He has written the informative column Monroe Outdoors’ for the Reporter for many years. His book, ‘14 Journey to Discovery,” is available at The Reporter. Email him at ‘ Whether in town for a Mary Persons football game or the holidays, there's no better place to stay in Forsyth than The CityLine Loft. Five Star Rating Downtown Forsyth - Ultimate comfort and charm Plenty of room - Convenience in the Middle of Everywhere 4 guests, 2 bedrooms, king beds, 2 baths Amenities: Private Entrance 0 Kitchen 0 Heating 8. 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