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Bake something special for your chickadees

Birdie Corn Bread

 

Start with:

    •    Basic Corn Bread recipe or mix (any prepared mix is fine or a recipe from scratch works well also)

 

Then, add the following to corn bread batter:

    •    2 cups of ground dog/cat food

    •    1 cup peanut butter

    •    2 whole eggs (shell included)

    •    1/2 cup dried or fresh berries

    •    1/2 cup dried or fresh veggies (such as corn, peas, squash, spinach, carrot)

Optional Additions:

    •    Small jar of fruit or veggie baby food

    •    1 Tbsp spirulina

    •    1-2 Tbsp olive oil

 

Most recipes call for baking at 350 for 15-20 minutes, but please see your recipe or mix instructions for details.

 

From the U.S. Geologic Survey, Alaska Science Center (https://alaska.usgs.gov/)

 

 

Winter robins eating minnows again

There always are robins spending the winter here, in the metro area. Wayzata has had a flock of maybe three dozen loyal to the city for the past several years. They move around, of course, but if you want to see a robin in winter — a robin eating fish — check behind the bait store located in the strip of stores on Wayzata Blvd., which there is the service road on the north side of I-394 as it enters town. I first found the birds there two years ago, surprised at their diet. They were there two days ago. They eat — perhaps live on — the dead minnows tossed behind the store each morning as the minnow tanks are cleaned. People ask how that sign of spring can make it through the winter without worms. The bird’s diet obviously is varied enough to include fish. Are these birds returning to a known food source or are new birds making the discovery each year? Most likely the former.


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