It is that time of year to think about putting out some tasty treats for the birds.
One of the most popular posts I have is for all season suet. Through trial and error I have found the birds prefer this suet mix to the store bought kind. I make up a couple of batches at a time and keep it handy in the freezer.
We recently purchased a long coil feeder. This is suitable for holding a cob of corn or some suet balls. The starling loves it as he can perch on the top and peck at the suet. I don’t really encourage starlings to the garden and always try to scare them off when they arrive in flocks. But I love the markings of them and do like to photograph them.
To form the logs for the coil feeders I use cardboard tubes fills with the all season suet. When frozen the cardboard peels away (and gets recycled in the Green bin) and the logs of suet easily pop into the coil feeders.
The coconut feeder gets packed with all season suet and the birds just love it. Even Little Red gets into the feeder and has a feast.
I use a slightly different recipe to make muffins for the birds.
These can be placed in mesh bags on in the wire box feeders.
I also make bird cakes, just a variation on the all season suet. I add whole peanuts and types of bird seed to this recipe. It has even attracted the pileated woodpecker.
The kids and grandkids will have fun making these pinecone feeders with a peanut butter mixture. Messy but fun!
The bird lover on your list will love getting a gift to share with the birds.
Other really popular feeders are the birch log feeder and the post feeder. These were made from a piece of birch log and an old 4×4. Both had holes drilled in them and I plug the holes with the all season suet.
The birch log feeder needs replacing this year as it was so popular the woodpeckers pecked right through some of the wood and the feeder broke.
If you feed them, they will come!
We get a large variety of birds over the winter – juncos, nuthatches, sparrows, goldfinches, woodpeckers (hairy, downy, red bellied, pileated), house and purple finches, chickadees, doves and more.
Check out my bird feeders and bird food ideas:
- all season suet
- birch log feeder
- bird cakes
- coconut feeder
- half coconut feeder
- muffins for the birds
- pinecone feeder
- post feeder
Nature never fails to amaze me.