Sista Felicia’s Recipe For Feeding Your Backyard Birds

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There always seems to be a plentiful assortment of birds feeding and playing in our backyard. For years, I have been drawing our little friends to visit with my used cooking oil, day old loafs of bread, stale cereal and crackers.  After hearing this weeks predicted weather forecast, I  decided to do a little research on homemade bird suet, and learned that with a little creativity and time, I could treat our backyard birds to an ample supply of nourishing goodness! With in 5 minutes of hanging, 3 Red Cardinal, 3 Blue Jay, 2 Yellow Finch, 1 Sparrow, and a woodpecker appeared. My brother Joey ran to grab his camera and we both I sat on the bench in my my breakfast nook peering out the window… As we watched this saying came to mind…”If you build it they will come!”  

A fun project to do with the kids …take some photos and send them to me…I will post them with our growing list of GMG Cooks!

Ingredients

1  3.5 lbs. bag Classic Wild Bird Feed

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup peanuts

2 cups cornmeal

1 3/4 cups  leftover cooked meat fat, cut in small pieces

2 cups lard, Cut into pieces

1 3/4 cups  leftover/used La Spagnola vegetable olive oil blend cooking oil

Supplies

30 inch plastic tube fish netting(can be found at fishing supply stores, an onion bag can also be used)

4 12 inch lengths twine

1 plastic saucer shaped container(I like to use the bottom section of my cherry tomato container)

waxed paper

6-8  red berry branch pieces

2 zip tie

Step-by-Step

1 combine first six ingredients in large mixing bowl; mix well

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2 add fat pieces; mix well

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3 add lard pieces and oil; mix well using hands

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4 line cookie sheet with aluminum foil; spread mixture evenly into prepared pan; chill overnight in refrigerator

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5 spread 3 cups birdseed on cookie sheet

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6 remove mixture from refrigerator; shape mixture into one 18×12 inch log shaped piece

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7 transfer log to cookie sheet with birdseed; roll cover outer surface of log with seeds; transfer to wax paper; wrap

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8 Tie and secure knot at one of fish netting; open netting pouch using your hands; slide waxed paper wrapped log into tube of netting; Remove wax paper; Secure tight knot; fix one zip tie to the top end of fishing net bird feeder

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9 fix 4 holes evenly spaced on sides of plastic saucer shaped container; knot and secure one twine length to each hole; Gather four lengths together and knot; Secure to bottom knot of bird feeder

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10 position red berry branches into holes of fishing net feeder

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11 secure feeder to tree branch or hook to section cup window hook  holder; fill saucer with birdseed; sit back and watch the birds feed!

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20 thoughts on “Sista Felicia’s Recipe For Feeding Your Backyard Birds

  1. Good for you! You’ve got a Northern Cardinal in red (of course) and a Downy Woodpecker. You are going to get lots of woodpeckers to your suit. Nut hatches, Carolina Wrens, why the list will go on and on. There are 4 more woodpeckers you may get. Red-bellied, Northern Flicker, Hairy and Pileated if your lucky!

    The yellow birds were most likely American Goldfinch. The last photo looks to be a Black-capped Chickadee, but it could be a Tufted Titmouse.

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    1. Steve…Thank you for your comment and I very much appreciate the info you shared. It’s so exciting to watch the birds feed from my window seat, but I know this new past time is going to cut into my beloved cooking hours! Can you recommend a good website with photos to easily identify the birds.

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  2. Thanks so much for this recipe…my family was just discussing the fact that we need to feed the birds in this cold weather!

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  3. What a fabulous idea. I love feeding the winter birds in my yard. I usually buy the pre-packaged suet with seeds and berries.. Where do I purchase the fish netting? I live in Hamilton…Can I buy it in Gloucester?

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  4. Felicia you are so amazing, I love the bird feeder, I made one today with left over fishing net from the wearable arts show. I have it in the front yard and I’m hoping my friend from the arctic comes back to visit me. We have had a beautiful white arctic owl on the rocks down by the water. He is so beautiful and has golden eyes! I will send you a photo of him. Do you know if owls prefere any one seed over another? Thank you again for this most wonderful post!
    Xxoo, D

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  5. Wow I have not seen one of these since I was back that way – and that was a long time ago! You got all the vitamin and food ranges for these birds – very nice! 🙂

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