I have a soft spot for my wild birds. I enjoy spoiling them. Seeing them flock to the feeders during a blizzard, hearing the bluejay yell at me “More peanuts!!” It all brings me so much joy. I know that providing natural sources of food for them is best and I add new native plants, shrubs and trees as I can. I also leave standing all of the “weeds” that grow abundantly and get to see the sweet little chickadees, nuthatches and juncos clinging to the slims stems munching away all winter.
We have a tradition in our home of making our suet cakes. It may be cheaper to buy them ready made from the feed store (and easier) but not as much fun! I try to source the cleanest ingredients I can without breaking the bank. This year, I bought beef suet that I ground myself, added natural crunchy peanut butter and a seed mix formulated for cardinals and all the other lovelies that frequent my feeders.
Around Yule, we fill white pine cones with the suet mixture and then on Yule morning, before any presents are opened, we go outside and hang them in all the trees. We take care of the Mother’s children first. It is a tradition that we cherish.
For the rest of the winter, we primarily make cakes to fill the wire box and the tree branch feeder. It doesn’t take them long to find their gifts!
If I want to call the bluejays all I have to do is yell “pea….nuts! pea….nuts!” And they come swarming!
I heart birds!