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Pine Cone Feeder
Pine cones stuffed with suet make great feeders.
Pine cone feeder
Pine cones like this one can hung in near a window will provide a viewing place. A wire with a loop on the end makes it easy to remove for filling.
Gone-to-seed Cattails.  
If you hang it in a more exposed area you might want to provide a bit of protection for it with a piece of wood or, as shown on the left, an inverted plant pot saucer. This helps keep the cone and the food dry.
Red-breasted Nuthatch __ Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Nuthatches and chickadees love to hang onto the cone and enjoy the food.
Stuff your cone with some home-made suet while it's still soft.
You'll find some recipes for that on our recipe page.
Bewick's Wren
Even insect and grub eating birds like this Bewick's Wren appreciate the suet during the winter when their regular food sources are a little harder to find.
Bushtits on pine cone feeder
Sparrows and juncos will attempt to feed on these cones but they can't hang on like these Bushtits mange to.
Even smaller woodpeckers like this Downy Woodpecker can cling onto the scales of the cone for a feed.
Downy Woodpecker

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