We woke yesterday morning to find four inches of snow and a beautiful winter wonderland. This was the view from our dining room window.
The cedar tree is this year’s annual Christmas tree for the birds. I’ve recently discovered a new way of using it as a bird feeder.
In winter I make suet cakes that I put in a suet cage. I’ve also found that melted suet can be dribbled on various surfaces to provide numerous feeding areas. I drip the suet on the cedar branches and have been pleased that it has attracted a variety of birds, including this northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).
Yesterday I dribbled the suet on top of the snow. Instead of clinging to the branches, it solidified into small pieces. Some of the birds picked up the pieces and flew off to eat them elsewhere. And some, like this northern cardinal, (Cardinalis cardinalis) ate in the tree.
This is the suet recipe I use. I imagine the cakes you buy could also be melted and spread on various surfaces.
Easy Suet Recipe
- 1 cup lard
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
Melt lard and peanut butter together. Add the cornmeal and flour. Mix well. Put in containers. Refrigerate or freeze.
We especially enjoy our birds in winter when there is very little going on in the backyard, and I like the added activity that the suet brings. How do you do to attract birds in winter?