We mixed the bacon grease with peanut butter. Somewhere I read the peanut butter is good for birds, but it's sticky so mixing it with some sort of grease makes it easier for the bird to eat. It's rather disgusting
Spread on the bagels.
Tie ribbons for hanging. This was not a good idea--we should have tied the ribbons on first. Very messy and gooey. I hope the birds appreciate our efforts.
Hanging them outside on the tree
It might have been better to hang them somewhere that wasn't so close to the street, I'm afraid the frequent passing cars may keep the birds away. But this is the only tree in our yard with branches low enough to easily hang things. Maybe these urban birds will be tough enough that they won't be deterred when there is food involved.
And with this project I've exhausted my supply of winter activities and it's only January...