When you look out your window in the winter, everything looks a little drab and lifeless. Maybe there is a coat of snow covering the ground, or maybe there are just dead leaves. And maybe there are little squirrels and birds looking for food. In the winter, I love hanging bird feeders in my backyard and watching and listening to the birds.
I take great caution when entering bird stores. A large portion of bird seeds and other food products for birds contain nuts and peanuts. I don’t want to have a reaction filling up a bird feeder, so I recommend reading the ingredients before buying birdseed. If you are worried about having an airborne reaction in a bird store, you can order products online. Products usually have a description of what is in the food, so you can avoid your allergens. For example, one birdseed may list shelled peanuts (which I avoid), while another may list sunflower seeds (which is not one of my allergens).
You can also make your own nut free bird feeder by smothering a pine cone with cream cheese and then covering it with birdseed. Attach a string and hang it outside. (This is an adaptation of a common classroom activity that used peanut butter instead of cream cheese. I always had to sit out for that one.) Feed the squirrels as well by tying a length of twine around one end of a corncob and hanging it outside, making sure that squirrels will be able to reach it either from the ground or a tree branch.