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A gift of a dec­o­ra­tive bird feeder placed out­side a win­dow is a nice way to at­tract col­or­ful, lovely song­birds like car­di­nals, gros­beaks and chi­cadees to a yard and support the health of your lo­cal ecosys­tem. Go with black sun­flower seeds or suet; they’re an ab­so­lute fa­vorite among our feath­ered friends. Or make your own hang­ings at home. Rolling a pa­per tube in peanut but­ter and bird­seed is a quick way to make a bird feeder. At­tach the string first though; that peanut but­ter gets messy. The rolls can also be slipped di­rectly onto branches— but squir­rels will prob­a­bly get to them first.

Wild Birds Un­lim­ited, with lo­ca­tions in Niantic (190 Flan­ders Road), andWar­wick, Rhode Is­land (on Route 2) of­fers an ex­ten­stive di­rec­tory of bird­ing in­for­ma­tion at www.wbu. com/ed­u­ca­tion, and rec­om­men­da­tions on spe­cific foods and feed­ers.

Cindy John­son’s A Lit­tle Bit ofMe gift shop at John­son’s Hard­ware True Value in Gro­ton (40 Fort Hill Road, Route 1) store also of­fers a cre­ative va­ri­ety of gifts for na­ture lovers, in­clud­ing a gor­geous and col­or­ful glass bird­baths and flow­erthemed night­lights.

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