Saturday, December 24, 2016

Avian Testimonials

Red-bellied Woodpecker on suet

Early this week, with the ground dry and parched and the temperature plunging like an elevator in free-fall, the birds at our feeders were ravenous. It seemed like a good time to mix up some suet.

Suet is easy to make. Here's my recipe:

1 cup lard
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal
2 cups unsalted sunflower seeds, shelled
1 cup flaxseed meal or yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup raisins

Melt the lard and peanut butter in a large saucepan, and mix in the other ingredients. Spoon into  molds (I used the bottom 2 inches of plastic cups), press the mix together, and freeze. Sometimes, I also press the mix into pinecones.

Downy Woodpecker on suet

When the suet was frozen and out of the molds, I made a hole with a skinny nail through the center of each one, then threaded a thin wire through the hole, and hung them in a tree near our feeder, where the birds were sure to notice them.

Tufted Titmouse and Carolina Chickadee on suet

It's always nice when your cooking is appreciated. 
When the food is devoured and they come back for more, it's better than 5 stars on the internet.

Carolina Chickadee on suet

Consider these photos visual testimonials for the suet. Make of it what you will.

Cedar Waxwing eating winterberry

Of course, there's Winterberry for desert.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the birds and the natural looking feeders. The woodpecker is one of my favorites along with the pretty Waxwing. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy weekend! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Felicia said...

Thanks for sharing the suet recipe Connie.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Merry christmas.. Best wishes to you and your family.

Brian King said...

These are fantastic! Beautiful photos! I hope you had a great Christmas!

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Connie, a great idea and I'm sure our birdies over in my garden will enjoy a treat like that so I shall get cracking! Your shot of the bird taking the Winterberry was stunning. Cheers now, Sue :D)

Lea said...

Wonderful, beautiful photos!
Best wishes for the New Year!

Jeanne said...

Especially love this shot of the cedar waxwing!