As I posted earlier, we brought home a small tree to decorate with food for the birds and squirrels. Let me just say that the tree was a huge success with the birds and the squirrels alike! After about a day or so they found the tree back there and we ended up having many visitors. In this picture you can see the little squirrel helping himself to some of the birdseed underneath the tree.
Within a couple of days all of the birdseed stars were eaten off of the tree. Some of them I had to throw away because when we made them we used regular glue on them. When our Firefighter saw that he suggested we use wood glue instead because the birdseed stars might fall apart if they get wet in the snow. I had never even thought of that. So, the birdseed stars that had regular glue on them fell apart while the birds and squirrels were eating them because it was raining and they were wet. The stars that we had made using the wood glue stayed together great. We had some extra stars made up from the last time we did this plus we were able to use the ones that had stayed together on the tree. Before we started on the new stars we had to clean up the old ones off of the ground.
The boys had a good time making up the new stars and they were very excited to hang them back up on the tree. For some reason though we seemed to make a much bigger mess making the birdseed stars than we did the last time. We ended up having to use the hose from the vacuum on the kitchen table and I don’t even know how long it took me to sweep up the floor.
A day or so later I took a closer look at the tree to see if much of the birseed had been eaten yet. Not only was it eaten, the stars were gone! I thought that they fell off of the tree but there were none on the ground. My Firefighter told me that the squirrels had been taking them off of the tree and out into the yard. We were going to go out and look in the yard to see if we could find some of them but then it got late and dark so we were going to go look for them the next day. It snowed! So now the stars are out in the yard somewhere under the snow. The snow is melting already but the grass is very wet and muddy so we will only be able to replace the stars that are still on the tree. I’m glad that the birds and squirrels are enjoying the tree so much but boy can they eat a lot of food!