If you want to expand the guest list of the birds visiting your backyard feeders, add suet to your menu. Although there is a host of different varieties of suet on the market, I personally have attracted the most birds using Bird Butter. Here is the recipe for making this bird favorite:
2/3 cup of sugar
2 cups of white flour
2 cups of lard
2 cups of peanut butter
4 cups of corn meal
4 cups of quick oats
This is the basic recipe, other ingredients such and pieces of peanuts or nuts, grits and the like can be added, if you like. Use your imagination, you just might discover that your ingredients make the bird butter even more attractive to the birds.
Melt both the peanut butter and lard over low heat. Pour the melted peanut butter/suet mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in the thoroughly mixed dry ingredients and pour into a cake or cupcake pan. If you pour the mixture into a cake pan, score the mixture with a knife so that each segment will fit into your suet feeder. Freeze the ingredients. Once frozen, the scored sections can be easily separated and placed in an inexpensive rectangular-shaped suet feeder. Freeze the remaining suet until needed.
Here is a list of some of the birds that are known to dine on bird butter: Carolina wren, downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers, northern cardinal, common grackle, northern mockingbird, brown thrasher, eastern bluebird, ruby-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped, orange-crowned and pine warblers, house finch, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse and chipping sparrow.
Don’t be afraid to feed this suet in the summer. This suet seems to resist melting more than many types of suet.