National Geographic : 1914 Mar
Photo by Ernest Harold Baynes A BLUEJAY FEEDING ON SUET "Perhaps the simplest scheme of feeding, the least trouble, and the most attractive to numbers of birds, is the tying of a piece of suet to a convenient limb, or perhaps to the balustrade of one's piazza, preferably in a protected spot and one that can at the same time be easily watched from some window" (see page 333) trays from the weather and at the same time admit light and allow of easy ob servation. These, when placed among the shrubbery about one's house, prove most attractive. Baron von Berlepsch has invented also a food bell that supplies grain, etc., auto matically from a receptacle above, and which may be suspended from a tree or piazza roof, or any other convenient place (see page 331). Window boxes are a never-ceasing source of enjoyment. Mr. Ernest Harold Baynes built the first I ever saw at his home in Meriden, N. H., a particularly attractive one, which has helped him to become intimate with an astonishing va riety of birds (see page 336). Food shelves may be put up in all sorts of protected places-about houses, against tree trunks, etc.; and a food car, a sort of moving free-lunch counter, which may be run conveniently on a wire from window to neighboring tree, is actually manufactured by one enterprising gentle man; and the same man builds also a sheltered food-house that turns with the wind like a weather vane, so as to present always a lee side for the better protec tion of the birds (see page 326). Baron von Berlepsch originated also what he calls a food tree, a freshly cut evergreen, preferably spruce or fir, or perhaps a discarded Christmas tree, set up in some convenient place, over which has been poured hot, and then allowed to cool, a mixture of food that is attractive to both insectivorous and graminivorous birds, the receipt for which is given in the little book, "How to Attract and Pro tect Wild Birds":* "White bread (dried and ground), 42 oz.; meat (dried and ground), 3 oz.; hemp, 6 oz.; crushed hemp, 3 oz.; maw, 3 oz.; poppy flour, I" oz.; millet(white) * For sale by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City, N. Y. Price, 40 cents.