It seems that almost every Christmas, we make treats for the birds. Sometimes we make popcorn chains, sometimes, pinecone feeders tied to the tree with Christmas ribbon. The snow we've had brings lots of birds in search of food. A couple of weeks ago, Megan and I made some Christmasy suet.
We followed a recipe in a well-loved card that Mark bought for me years ago. It's a Nature's Sketchbook card. My favourite kind of card.
Here's the recipe:
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 teaspoon sand
1 cup lard (or ground suet)
Mix first five ingredients in large bowl. Melt lard in a double boiler. When in liquid form, pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Spoon mixture onto piece of waxed paper.
We substituted frozen cranberries for the raisins. I think dry would work just as well. We mould our suet in a plastic sandwich container so it fits in the feeder.
And our visitors:
Let me know if you can identify this bird. It's not in our Bird Book.
a Downy Woodpecker,
Juncos, as you might know, these little guys migrate here in the winter.
This is a Steller's Jay in our neighbour's yard. She's a huge bird-lover too!
I was so surprised to see some red-winged black birds in the mix. I've never seen them in our neighbourhood before! The red on their wings is just brilliant against the white of the snow! Along with our friend, the pileated woodpecker. I found these links at this wonderful All About Birds site.
Merry Christmas little birdies!!
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31