This Is For The Birds

  • use high energy foods like suet, peanuts, Nyjer thistle, and black oil sunflower seeds in the winter–they are high in fat and protein
  • provide them with fresh water; buying a heater isn’t that costly– solar bird bath heaters are available 
I like to sit at the window to watch the birds feed in the wintertime. Sometimes the redwing blackbirds or starlings come in and take over the feeders, scaring and scattering all the smaller birds. Chickadees will take just one sunflower seed and dart off into the trees to break open the shell with their beak and claws. Sparrows waste lots of seed but not for long as ground feeders like snow birds will clean up. It’s easier to spot birds in my yard in the winter. Make sure your feeders are near tall evergreens in which they can hide from larger predators.  I hope you feed the birds in winter as food is scarce. Feed them and they will come!

Homemade Suet 

• 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
• 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
• 2 Cups Cornmeal
• 2 Cups Quick Cook Oats
• 1/3 Cup Sugar
• 1 Cup White Flour
Melt shortening and peanut butter together and blend. Stir in the rest of ingredients.
Pour the mixture into a square container about 1-1/2 inches thick. Allow it to cool,
then cut it into squares and store in the freezer.

Daily Gratitude: seeing a former teaching colleague while shopping an hour’s distance from home

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.


18 thoughts on “This Is For The Birds

  1. Thank you so much for the recipe. I’m going to give it a try. We feed the birds during the winter months. Even without the feeders, they probably do fairly well with all the seeds in the meadows, but I like to watch them as they come to the feeders.

    Love this photo. 🙂

  2. Very beautiful picture ! I also feed the birds and…the deer ! In winter they come to my backyard to eat the seeds on the ground and tray. I think I will try the heater for the bath, I wanted to do it for several years now but I haven’t yet.

  3. Are you sure thats not a recipe for peanut butter oatmeal sugar cookies…thanks for the recipe. We have only ever used dry seed for the birds. I will definitely give this a try this winter. I love watching the birds.

  4. Do you ever take a bad picture? This is just gorgeous. I love watching the birds too, but the food disappears so quickly. I’ll have to try your recipe.

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