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All Season Suet

Categories: Birds and Recipes.

While visiting one of our favourite birding stores to purchase a new bird feeder I got a recipe for a no melt, all season suet which I decided to try out.Even though the recipe is called all season suet it doesn’t use actual suet that you can get at the meat counter or at the butcher shop. Ingredients: 1 cup crunchy peanut butter,   2 cups quick cook oatmeal, 2 cups corn meal, 1 cup lard (no substitutes allowed), 1 cup white flour and 1/3 cup of sugar If you only have smooth peanut butter, add a 1/2 cup of
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Food For the Birds

Categories: Birds.

Bird watching is a wonderful past time … especially in the winter months. Once the large flocks of starlings and blackbirds have left the area I start making some of the all season suet.  The smaller birds like the chickadees, juncos, woodpeckers and even the sparrows love this food. It is a no cook recipe … just need to melt the peanut butter and lard in the microwave and mix in the dry ingredients.  Then press into containers and pop in the freezer. Since making this last year I’ve come up with a less messy way.  I fill small containers instead of
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Muffins for the Birds

Categories: Birds and Recipes.

There has been lots of activity at the suet feeder lately.  The last time I made the all season suet I used my muffin tins to form the shapes instead of rolling it around in my hands to make small balls.   I also added some black oil sunflower seeds.  They turned out great.  Once the muffin tins were filled I popped them into the freezer for awhile.  When they were frozen into shape they popped out easily to be stored in a zip lock bag.  Delicious bird muffins. When the suet basket needs filling, I just take out 3
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Bird Cake

Categories: Birds and Recipes.

Many varieties of birds are returning to the garden for the winter. We feed the birds all year round but add some extra feeders in the winter.One of the feeders has bird cake in it.  You can buy suet block feeders in the stores and they vary in content and price.  I prefer to make my own. I do cheat a bit and buy one suet block from the store for the plastic mold.  I fill it about half way with regular bird seed and then add some extras like black oil sunflower seed, nyger seed, safflower seed and a
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