Monday, January 13, 2014

Time To Try A Suet Log

As anyone who has read my blog knows,  I love the wild birds.  We feed them all year around.  I know some people feel they don't need to be fed in the summer, but we still do.  The weather determines how much food they eat, and when there is plenty of natural food they don't eat as much from the feeders.   It is costly and sometimes it is a pain to tromp through the snow.  It also makes a huge mess.  All the shells and uneaten seed have to be raked up in the spring.  Actually, we have so much that it needs to be shoveled off the ground.  If you don't want to bother with the expense or mess but like to see the birds, I have a solution.  We buy suet logs.  They come in a mesh bag which can be hung.

Birds like chickadees, juncos and nuthatches love it but especially the woodpeckers. We use a hanger which has three suction cups, and it attaches to the window.  We use it for the suet log in the winter and a hummingbird feeder in the summer.  Suet gets soft in the summer and the grackles will eat it up too fast.  When they are frozen in the winter, the logs last a long time, they only cost about $2.50 and it keeps the woodpeckers off our house. 

New suet log hanging in the window.

This one is almost gone.

Downy Woodpecker enjoying a snack.

We also use several suet cake feeders.  These are popular too, but don't last nearly as long.

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