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.