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Feeding the birds

We are still having pretty good weather for this time of the year, but winter will soon be upon us.  Most of the birds which frequent our garden have moved on.  Yesterday we watched the  Canada geese trace V’s across the sky as they headed south.  The little red polls have returned en masse.  Small but hardy, they winter in our area.

Last year I hung suet cakes in the tree outside my study window after the first real snowfall.  Not only did this help the birds over a period when the pickings are very scarce, but I had the endless pleasure of watching them swinging on the branches as they tried to work their way to the front of the queue.

Here is the recipe, slightly modified, which I found on the internet, if anyone would like to try it.


Suet Cakes


450g lard
450g crunchy peanut butter
5 cups all-purpose flour
6 cups cornmeal
3/4 to 1 cup wild birdseed or sunflower chips
3/4 to 1 cup raisins and/or berries.

Directions: Cook lard in a saucepan over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat and add peanut butter until melted. Add raisins, berries, flour, cornmeal and birdseed, stirring after each ingredient is added. Spoon into empty store-bought suet containers or any similar-sized container. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Yield: 8 to 10 squares.

Happy bird watching.

November 14, 2009 - Posted by | Relocating | , ,

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