Winter Bird Food Recipes

To coax feathered friends within bird-watching range, tempt them with a nice homemade meal.

| November/December 2007

Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for drawing birds to your yard by providing an appetizing — and necessary — food supply. This time of year, birds are hunting for reliable food sources to prepare for dropping temperatures and dwindling natural food supplies. Establishing a popular food stop benefits both parties — you'll enjoy entertaining guests and have the satisfaction of seeing them comfortably through the winter months.

Your feathered guests need to eat from one third to three fourths their body weight every day to have the energy to look for food and keep warm in the cold weather. High-energy or 'heating' foods will not only draw a larger crowd, but provide them with the extra fat and nourishment they need to replenish their stores. The bird food recipes below (all from Bird Food Recipes, by Rhonda Massingham Hart; Storey Communications, 1995) appeal to a variety of birds and are great for fall and winter feeding.

Fat & Sassy

2 parts suet, lard,bacon drippings or saved kitchen fat
1 to 2 parts yellow cornmeal
Dash of salt and sand
1 part fine cracked corn, mullet or hulled sunflower

Melt suet over low heat. Allow to cool and harden, then heat again. Stir in peanut butter and other ingredients, reserving some of the corn or seeds. Allow to cool somewhat and pour into molds or form into balls. Roll balls into loose corn or seed.

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Richard Griffey
11/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

I really liked these recipes, being a bird lover myself I enjoyed reading this & will try them.

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