Christmas for the Birds

Cleaning out my fridge, I found a few old nuts, seeds, dried figs and a jar of rendered beef fat. And I had orange halves left over from squeezing fresh orange juice. So – always wanting to find a use for everything, I made bird feed mixing peanuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and chopped up figs together.

After warming up the suet, I poured it over the mixture and had to quickly place everything in the fridge to harden. The liquid fat was dripping out of the holes on the sides. It got a little messy there. The fat hardened soon enough and everything was ready to be hung on tree branches outside.

Doesn’t this look delicious!?

It took a day or two to trust this colorful new feeder, but this little downy woodpecker claimed the offering and seemed to enjoy its meal.

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20 Responses to Christmas for the Birds

  1. shoreacres says:

    It looks rather good, actually, and it’s a clever idea. Unfortunately, we’ve been swinging so wildly in our temperatures that it’s not quite time to try something like that. I have a feeling 75-80F would keep that fat dripping.

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    • You are so right about that dripping fat – just ask me how I know 🙂 I do have a “regular” bird feeder as well and have bought commercial suetcakes which don’t drip very easily. Wonder what they put in that fat to stabilize it?

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  2. Nilzeitung says:

    Frohe Weihnachten / Merry Christmas / Happy Holiday

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  3. Very fun and creative. Merry Christmas to you and the birds! 🙂

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  4. Annette that’s such a great idea, wishing your bird-visitors a Merry “fat” Christmas.

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  5. Anarette says:

    What a feast. Happy Christmas.

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  6. jkaybay says:

    Mince pies for the birds! I love it 🙂
    Great use of materials.

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  7. Beautiful feast for the birds. Merry Christmas, Annette.

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  8. That looked like one happy downywoodpecker. Nicely done! And a Happy New Year to you and the lucky birds in your neighborhood.

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  9. Noel Hartem says:

    oh my goodness thank you for such a great idea. I always make fresh squeezed and throw out the orange bowl with guilt, now I don’t have to!

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  10. Susan X Jane says:

    I love this. This is sweet and beautiful. I love the idea, the care you took to execute it and the fantastic pictures! You have some very lucky–and happy-bird friends.

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